Leading Museums, Museum Leaders

Eight habits

8 emotional habits that hold you back as a Leader, Creative Foyer, April 2016

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We’ve all heard the ways that emotional intelligence is important to success, but sometimes our emotions can be harmful.

Especially when the situation is tense, leading with emotions is usually not the best option.

Here are some examples of emotional behaviors that are often damaging. If any of these sound familiar, stop and ask yourself what kind of results you’re getting from them, and what you need to change to get where you want to be.

  1. Chasing what feels good instead of doing what’s right. As the old saying says, what’s right usually isn’t easy, and what’s easy usually isn’t right. Never be ashamed or fearful of doing what’s right, because it brings a much longer-lasting good feeling.
  2. Doing what’s convenient instead of being committed. When you’re committed, you stay the course, but convenience is the enemy of following through. Commitment is staying loyal to what you said you were going to do, even if you’re not in the mood any more. The ultimate convenience is to never do anything, so don’t look for satisfaction in that direction.
  3. Basing decisions on what’s popular instead of what’s intuitive. Our emotions often draw us toward the solution that’s most popular, but you’ll be better served to override that impulse and do what makes sense to you – popular or not. Making decisions is not about popularity but finding something that works, and going against the crowd is the essence of leadership.

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