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How to master your emotions
How to master your emotions
How to master your emotions
How to master your emotions
How to master your emotions
How to master your emotions
How to master your emotions
How to master your emotions
How to master your emotions
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In his classic international bestseller 'The 48 Laws of Power' Robert Green discusses how certain basic skills are required in leadership, and the mastery of these basic skills is an integral part of …

In his classic international bestseller 'The 48 Laws of Power' Robert Green discusses how certain basic skills are required in leadership, and the mastery of these basic skills is an integral part of the development of power.

He argues the most important of these skills, in fact power's crucial foundation, is the ability to master your emotions. And indeed his research has shown that an emotional response to a situation is the single greatest barrier to power, a mistake that will cost leaders a lot more than any temporary satisfaction they may gain by expressing their feelings. Also emotions cloud reason, and he argues if you cannot see the situation clearly, you cannot prepare for and respond to it with any degree of control.

I would suggest there are two issues here for leaders to consider. The first is the need to understand the difference between 'Passion' as it applies in a visionary sense, and 'emotion'. Most organizations, boards of directors and key stakeholders nowadays often talk about leaders having a passion for what they are doing. Passion can however easily cross the line and become emotion - and cloud our sense of direction.

The second issue which can cause leaders some difficulties where emotion is concerned is the inherent human desire to be liked by people. I would contend it is dangerous for leaders to seek to be liked as individuals by the people and teams that they lead. Although this is a complex subject and probably worthy of a blog post in its own right (!) in its simplest terms it is the output and achievements of the leader that needs to be liked, not necessarily the leaders personality. If you, as a leader, are struggling with this issue you may wish to look at your emotional response to some of the difficult and challenging decisions you have to make. It may help you understand the difference.

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  1. The power of mastering your emotions  Mark Hollingsworth
  2. The 48 Laws of Power  In his classic international best seller Robert Green discusses how certain basic skills are required in leadership.  Mastery of these are an integral part of the development of power.
  3. Master your emotions He argues the most important of these skills is power’s crucial foundation The ability to master your emotions.
  4. Emotional response An emotional response to a situation Single greatest barrier to power A costly mistake
  5. The cycle Emotions cloud reason You cannot see situation clearly You cannot prepare for it You cannot respond to it
  6. Two issues for leaders First: Need to understand the difference between:  Passion (as it applies to a visionary sense)  Emotion
  7. Passion and emotion  Most organisations, Boards, and key stakeholders often talk about leaders having a passion for what they do.  However  Passion can easily cross the line and become emotion – and cloud the leader’s sense of direction
  8. Two issues for leaders Second: ‘The inherent human desire to be liked by people.’
  9. Dangerous for leaders to seek to be liked It is the output and achievements that need to be liked Not necessarily the leader’s personality
  10. Struggling with this?  You may wish to look at your emotional response to some of the difficult and challenging decisions you have to make.  It may help you understand the difference.
  11. The basics of leadership I believe the basic skills needed to be effective in leadership never change and can be learnt. This research project has proved to me constant commitment to learning and developing ‘the basics’ are the foundation to successful leadership
  12. How To Lead With Ease  Contact me on mjhaea@gmail.com  Visit my leadership website for tips and advice on the basic skills of leadership at:  http://essentialleadershipmjh.blogspot.co.uk  Visit my online leadership course at:  https://www.udemy.com/how-to-lead-with- ease/

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