Are You an Emotionally Competent Leader?

Susan S Freeman Blog

Safe SpaceThe emotionally competent leader is responsible for the promises that are made within an organization.  Our actions come out of our cares and commitments.  These are all expressed through our conversations. The head of the organization is responsible for creating the safe space that allows for effective conversations to take place.

For conversations to be effective, we need to have emotional agility. Emotionally competent leaders have the skills for observing themselves and others.

Choose your Emotions

They are emotionally aware, and can choose emotions that will work for the purpose at hand.  Most importantly, they are the witness of what is required, and can get themselves to a position of “choice.”

Take the emotionally competent leader quiz.
You may be surprised by what you find!

Answer True or false:

  1. I believe that emotions are an important factor in the results I produce.
  1. I am aware of my emotions at all times.
  1. I consciously choose emotions and moods that help me get done what I need to do.
  1. When I am in a mood that isn’t producing the results I desire, I change the mood.
  1. I am never swept up in the emotions of people around me.

If you answered “true” to all 5 questions, you possess a high degree of emotional competency as a leader.

If you answered “true” to 3 or more questions, you have emotional awareness and can benefit from some emotional “muscle” training.

If you answered “true to only 1 or two questions, seriously consider investing in emotional competency training to improve your leadership game.

If this material struck a chord in you, I invite you pick up my new book “Step Up Now:  21 Powerful Principles for People Who Influence Others.”  There is an entire chapter and exercises devoted to the impact of moods and emotions on our capacity to lead.

Leave a comment below, or e-mail me with your questions.


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