18 Habits of Emotionally Intelligent Leaders
Habit #6 – Nimble Nature
Over 18 weeks, we are excited to introduce 18 habits that separate emotionally intelligent leaders from the rest. These habits fill the gap between mediocre, good, and great leaders.
In a world full of challenges, it’s easy to get disheartened by setbacks and disappointments. Especially when the pressure on leaders continues to grow.
As a growth-focused leader, you activate one of your superpowers when you tap into the power of optimism and its ability to unlock hidden opportunities in every situation. 🌈✨
Optimism is not about blindly ignoring difficulties, but rather about acknowledging them and choosing to see beyond them. It’s the belief that every obstacle holds within it the potential for growth and success. When we approach life with an optimistic mindset, we open ourselves up to a world of possibilities. 💪💡
Did you know optimism plays a key role in your team’s resilience? A study published in the Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies found that leaders with a positive mindset demonstrate higher levels of resilience, enabling them to bounce back from failures, inspire their teams, and maintain motivation during challenging situations.
When we focus on what went wrong, we are focused on the past. Instead, we serve ourselves and our teams by determining the next right step.
Let’s face it. Missteps do not feel good. Yet, each setback is a chance to learn, adapt, and come back even stronger.
By seeking out opportunities in the face of threats or disappointments, we discover new paths, develop innovative solutions, and uncover new talents to help move things forward. 🚀🌱
Remember, optimism is contagious. When we radiate positivity, we inspire others to do the same. Together, we can create a ripple effect of hope, resilience, and growth that transcends our own lives. 🌍❤️
Face challenges head-on, armed with the belief that every setback is an opportunity in disguise.
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It’s not if; it’s when.
Not everything will be rosy.
For leaders, it is not if things go wrong but when.
The “when” is where great leaders separate themselves.
In this case, leaders have three choices:
1. Pessimism – creates a sense of doom, dread, and fear.
2. Optimism – fosters an environment of hope, collaboration, and innovation in the face of challenge.
3. Toxic Positivity – chooses rose-colored glasses that seem disconnected from reality.
In Habit #6, leaders develop a Nimble Nature by choosing optimism with practiced skill.
Here are four strategies leaders can use to cultivate nimbleness and optimism.
1️⃣ Gratitude and Recognition: It’s easy to slide into the trap of despair when things are not going as expected. Yet, incorporating gratitude and recognition of strides (regardless of how small) can keep the team inspired and hopeful for what’s to come.
2️⃣ Balance Optimism and Realism: Skilled emotionally intelligent leaders learn to balance hope and realism without triggering fear and self-protection throughout the team.
3️⃣ Seek Understanding: When challenges arise, it is important to seek understanding while avoiding blame. In the understanding lies lessons that can pave the way to a more successful outcome.
4️⃣ Master the Art of the Reframe: There are several ways to look at any situation. Even those that are not going well. By mastering the art of the reframe, leaders can focus on forward-facing solutions to keep the team moving.
The skilled emotionally intelligent leader seeks the balance between optimism and realism that allows honest, open conversations. This Nimble Nature keeps teams informed, focused, and inspired to accomplish big goals ahead!
How do you balance optimism while avoiding toxic positivity?
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