Leadership Matters: Managing emotions in the workplace

Honesty, understanding and diligence from leaders allow employees to express feelings in a safer and healthier way.

Emotions are part of the human condition. We deal with them in every interaction, every single day. From work to home to social events, our emotions shift depending on many factors. In the workplace, when expectations are high and resources are low, emotional outbursts might become the norm rather than the exception. When you are in a position of leadership, you also have the added pressure to set the tone for others to follow.

Aiming for an “emotion free” business environment, while perhaps a nice thought, is also completely unrealistic. Too many unforeseen events and outside influences make it impossible to work in an emotionally controlled environment. The secret to success is learning how to manage those emotions, whether you are in an aspiring leader or the CEO.

Here are some tips to help you navigate the sometimes-messy world of alpha personalities, divas and leaders-in-the-making professionally and successfully.

Honesty Goes a Long Way

No one likes to work with Mr. or Mrs. Perfect. If you’re honest about your struggles, your team will develop stronger feelings of loyalty and trust because they can relate to you. In fact, it might make them more mindful about not creating chaos themselves.

 

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