Leadership – Self Management

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Why is it that the focus of Leadership primarily revolves around the relationship a leader has with others? One forgets that this whole process very much starts with the relationship you have with yourself. If this sounds a little bizarre, let me explain.

Do people sometimes regard you as unpredictable, unapproachable (depending on the day), not very receptive to bad news, sad, perhaps not even fun to be around? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you could be lacking in the Genos EI skill of Emotional Self Management. This skill pertains to how effectively you manage your own emotions and it manifests itself as your MOOD. The following strategies offer the opportunity of how you might cope more effectively with moods and dramatically improve your leadership style (and your overall wellbeing and happiness).

1. Thinking Strategies

How do you switch those negative thoughts into positive ones? Some examples of what people use for this might include meditation, perspective shifting, problem solving or reading / self education. These are designed to allow you to relate to worrisome issues more effectively and through a different set of lenses.

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Leadership Do’s

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So you have at long last got the promotion into a lead role and people will be looking to you for guidance and inspiration. More than ever your ability to make things happen through other people is about to be tested and you feel ready for the task. Before you dive too fast into what is quicksand for many would be leaders, consider the following few 5 Key Leadership Tips.

1. Question Often – the power in a conversation resides with the person asking the questions and not the one doing all the talking (answering). The curious one can set the agenda, tone and direction and provide great clarification to all for better decision making.

2. Do the Right Things – managers “do things right” but leaders “do the right things”. However this requires judgment and sometimes courage to ensure that the correct decisions get made. Circumstances are always changing therefore just because something was right yesterday doesn’t mean it will be so tomorrow.

3. Understand Emotions – emotions play a huge role in everyday interactions and can significantly impact the decisions made. Accept that to be the case and factor your emotions and those of others into all aspects of your leadership responsibility. Read more