Managing Your Emotions
In today’s fast paced world, business is demanding and managing employees can be stressful. Whether you are an experienced manager or just starting out on the management route, monitoring your emotions is critical.
It’s tempting to harshly let an employee know when they are not performing in the way you expect. You will never gain anything from acting on that impulse. Instead think in terms of managing your emotions.
On StartUpSmart.com.au they have an article”Take a Few Deep Breaths” that simply states stepping back and thinking before reacting:
So, can you feel that sense of panic setting in? Is your blood pressure rising? Are you mere moments away from lashing out at someone?
As a manager, if you have a reputation of having a ‘short fuse,’ or see in your employee’s face humiliation or frustration, then it’s time to step back and evaluate your behavior.
The most successful managers have emotional intelligence and use their emotions to guide them in building a strong and productive team. Review “Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ” by Daniel Goleman.
He defines “emotional intelligence” as a trait not measured by IQ tests, but rather as a set of skills, including control of one’s impulses, self-motivation, empathy and social competence in interpersonal relationships.
It’s the end of a year and a perfect time to evaluate your role as a manager and ask yourself:
- what’s working with your team
- what’s not working
- what’s your part in your team’s success
- what behaviors can you change to help your team be more productive
- create a plan to incorporate changes in the upcoming year
Managing one’s emotions is the most powerful skill we can ever acquire. This skill allows up to make better choices that enhance our lives and has a positive impact on others around us.