Emotions are what make us human, and it’s impossible to turn them off. However, leading with your emotions can wreak havoc on your team. Emotions are, by definition, irrational, and often erratic. They are also contagious. Your team will pick up on your emotionality and begin to reflect on it. Over time, an emotional leader can expect difficulty with employee morale and retention, as well as team cohesiveness and productivity. Here are some ways to keep your emotions in check and become a more objective team leader.
Know What, When, and How to Share
Don’t try to turn yourself into an unfeeling android. Instead, channel your emotions into building rapport with your team. Learn to calmly let your employees know when you’re going through a crisis rather than bottling it up until you explode. Connect with them in a meaningful way when they are in crisis. Celebrate successes together. Emotions are a powerful way to enhance relationships, but only when they are handled appropriately.
Stop Trying to Be Popular
Many inexperienced managers work too hard to make their employees like them. But as the manager, it’s up to you to make the tough decisions. Lead by example, doing what you know is right, and your employees will begin to trust you rather than simply like you.
Follow Your Gut
If you’ve made it to a managerial position, the odds are good that you have a finely tuned gut instinct. Learn to trust it whenever you’re struggling with a decision. Realize that failure is an opportunity to learn something new and trust your ability to bounce back. This will help you make stronger, more confident decisions without becoming an emotional wreck in the process.
Fight Through the Struggles
No one ever said being a manager was easy. But giving in and giving up will not only ensure defeat, but it will also make you more likely to let your emotions take control. Instead, go through with your plans even if you’re having a bad day. Practice self-care outside of work, but during work hours, focus on getting the job done.
Focus on Solutions
It’s human nature to look for someone to blame when things go off track, but all this will do is further derail an already negative situation. Forget who’s right and who’s wrong, and get busy figuring out how to fix it. This will help keep your emotions in check, while also letting your employees know that it’s okay to make mistakes.
Emotions are simply part of being human, but it’s important not to let them get the best of you at work. When leading a team, follow the simple steps above, and you will go a long way towards becoming a better and more effective leader.
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