Leadership Inside Out

Issue 31

Emotions capacity. It’s attainable!

June 14, 2024

Hello Reader, How are you feeling?

Do you know how to harness the power of your emotions? The energy, mood, or vibe we emit is the most powerful thing we control.

Our emotional state can bring those around into a spiral of worry or can spark motivation and hope.

Now, I am not suggesting manipulating what we feel or “faking” emotions to get a certain results.

Masking or ignoring your real emotions to produce something different will not give you the desired result.

Faking emotions comes off as elegant as a 4th grader playing the recorder to music on the radio. It’s not great.

Unlike knowing how to play a musical instrument, developing emotional awareness, capacity, and effectiveness is absolutely essential.

But how does one effectively work with their emotions?

The short answer, AWARENESS and PRACTICE.

Research on the nature of emotions can continue to inform healthy ways of processing and addressing the elusive moods that run through our mind/body and organizations.

Research on the emotion of happiness consistently recommends a practice of gratitude. I recently wrote a guest blog post on the value of gratitude for nonprofit professionals beyond thanking donors.

What does your personal research recommend for getting into a state of ease and joy? This is the type of work some of my clients are doing. Investigating how to manage their mind and access the supportive state to inspire and motivate themselves and their teams in authentic ways.

Reflection Questions:

  • How often am I aware of the state of my mood and what it is communicating to those around me?

Insightful Resource: 🤓

The work of Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett in neuroscience and psychology has broken new ground in understanding the the essential human element of emotions.

I often say, leadership is emotional.

So a better understanding of emotions will undoubtedly support our leadership. I invite you to check out any of her books or watch this short cinematic video on YouTube.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

— Maya Angelou

Working with a coach who has a deep understanding of emotions can help you work with and transform your emotional state.

You can effectively work with your emotions – doubt, confusion, excitement, fear, all of it.. Don’t leave your work and life up to chance on how you feel.

Con Amor, Sonya​

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