The Power of Reflective Emotional Leadership: Guiding Teams with Heart and Wisdom
Business moves fast and emotions can run high. Naturally, leaders play a key role in steering the emotional temperature of their organizations. Let’s look at the transformative concept of Reflective Emotional Leadership and how understanding past responses can guide future reactions.
What is Reflective Emotional Leadership?
Reflective Emotional Leadership is a way to lead teams that emphasizes self-awareness, empathy, and continuous learning. The leader learns to understand and regulate their own emotions, and then works to understand and respond to the emotions of others. This is basic emotional intelligence.
The pace of the leader is the pace of the pack. With that in mind, this kind of leader claims their role as a thermostat. Owning the regulation of emotional climate, they get the impact their emotional expression has on team dynamics.
Learning from mistakes, valuing transparency, and building trust through open communication focuses the leader on the well-being of their team members. They empathetically address emotional challenges in the workplace.
Reflective Emotional Leadership requires continuous self-assessment, education, and an unwavering commitment to creating a positive and emotionally balanced work environment.
All of this to say that this approach to leadership is at the heart of The Humanized Leader.
How to Live this Concept of Reflective Emotional Leadership
It’s all well and good to say, be this kind of leader. But just how do you do it? It seems like a tall order, and you might be saying, “Is this really worth it”? Answering the last first, yes, it is worth it. It is what your team is expecting and a key component to creating meaning and connection in the workplace. The leader is in the spotlight and is continually scanned for discrepancies in behavior. Today’s leader must walk the talk and immediately clean up an aberration from the talk. Here are 6 tips to help level-up this role:
Reflective Emotional Leadership is not a destination but a dynamic process that empowers leaders to guide their teams with heart and wisdom. By owning the emotional thermostat, embracing constant learning, leveraging emotional intelligence, building trust through transparency, recognizing the impact of emotional harm, and committing to the path of continuous improvement, leaders can create workplaces that thrive in harmony and success. And that, my friends, is The Humanized Leader.
Mary Pat Knight is CEO of Leaders Inspired – an executive coaching and consulting agency devoted to the development of emotionally intelligent leaders. She is also the author of the Amazon #1 International Best Selling book, The Humanized Leader.
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