“Great leaders move us. They ignite our passion and inspire the best in us. When we try to explain why they are so effective, we speak of strategy, vision or powerful ideas. But the reality is much more primal. Great leadership works through the emotions.” ~ Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee, Primal Leadership (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013)
Leaders are responsible for their organizations’ energy levels. While research has demonstrated a strong link among excitement, commitment and business results, many leaders stumble at emotional expressiveness.
They hesitate to express both positive and negative emotions in an effort to maintain credibility, authority and gravitas. Consequently, they’re losing one of the best tools for achieving impact.
This article explores the research and myths about leaders and emotional expressiveness, and offers three guidelines for developing leadership expressiveness that inspires others, influences change and drives business results.
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The complete article includes these important concepts:
- Emotional Intelligence
- Myths about Emotions
- Does Your Head Overrule Your Heart?
- Bad News for Buttoned-Up Leaders
- 3 Basic Techniques:
- Generate Excitement
- Put Nonverbal Cues to Work
- Find and Express a Passionate Purpose
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Article by Patsi Krakoff, Psy.D.
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