Building Emotional Resilience In The Workplace

Is there a more stressful job than leading a team of people? Maybe it’s leading a group of people who don’t want to align, chase the vision of your organization, or lack the motivation to finish their work.

Leadership is stressful. You’re taxed to the max. Sometimes, you feel like you’re at your breaking point. Especially with the last few years of the COVID-19 pandemic and the following labor shortage.

What’s a leader to do? You’ve got to build up your emotional resilience.

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Building Emotional Resilience In The Workplace

Emotional resilience is the ability to adapt to stressful situations or crises. That sure sounds like something we’ve had to do a lot of since 2020.

We know stressful situations and crises are going to come our way. It’s one of the things that we signed up for as leaders. We’re there to handle the challenges our employees and organization will face.

The Importance Of Work-Life Balance For Leaders

You may have heard from others that there’s no such thing as work-life balance. They will tell you that we don’t have separate work and personal lives. It’s a good argument. But it’s flawed.

True, we live and work at the same time, but we’re not necessarily doing what we want when we’re working. We report to others, supervise others, and have our day directed.

With a proper work-life balance, there is a separation between the two.

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The Importance Of Work-Life Balance For Leaders

Work-life balance is important not because working is bad. Nor is play bad. But when we can’t find time for either one, trouble arises.

Think of the business executive who can’t shut off at the end of the workday. He finds himself mired in work. His phone is in his hand while he’s checking emails when he should be focused on his wife and children at home. Years later, after neglecting his personal responsibility, he finds himself divorced, lonely, and considered a bad father.

The Power Of Emotional Intelligence In Leadership

Are you aware of your emotions? Do you know how to control them? More importantly, do you know how to express your feelings?

Then there’s a good chance you’re an emotionally intelligent leader. If you couldn’t answer the questions above in the affirmative, don’t worry. You can learn how to become more emotionally intelligent. Figuring out our emotions and how to deal with them can feel a lot like solving a Rubik’s Cube.

You can work on emotional intelligence, like many of our interpersonal skills. Just because you’ve been bad at relating to others, expressing yourself, and controlling your emotions doesn’t mean you can’t.

The Power Of Emotional Intelligence In Leadership

Why Emotional Intelligence Is Important

If you’ve ever worked for a leader who lacked emotional intelligence, you know how difficult it can be. The leader flies off the handle at the most minor issue. Maybe the boss kept all of his feelings bottled up. You never knew who he was going to be on a given day.