Emotional Leadership – Season 2 Elephant Rider Insights


There's a myth that work and emotions don't mix. That we need to check them at the door. Lots of leaders suppress feelings or avoid expressing them. We're gonna flip workplace conversations and show you how embracing emotions as a leader will change the way you lead.

There is no one way to exercise leadership. But emotion is critical. Because emotion helps you understand who you are working with. It also helps you build relationships with your people based on who they are – not who you are. 

Emotional leadership involves:

  • Awareness of the importance of emotions – both yours and our peoples' – acknowledging the impact of them on the individual and collective impact they have on the team. Using that emotional awareness and understanding to positively shape the culture of the team – deliberately and intentionally.
  • Understanding your people, where they are emotionally and being able to help them manage the unpleasant feelings and express the desired feelings
  • Creating an environment where people's feelings matter and giving people permission to bring their whole selves to work
You - the leaders - set the tone. 
You must bring your whole self to work. Separating yourself from leadership is not an option. Separating yourself from your emotions is not an option. 
The way forward is to find out from your people what they need to feel to be successful and explore the emotions that serve as a warning sign for trouble ahead
Emotional leadership is not weak. Emotional leadership strength.

Season 2 of Elephant Rider Insights 

We've featured four inspiring interviews with Sarah Leberman MNZMMary CordingMat Kearney & Jim Dryburgh. In each interview, they'll explore the connection between leadership and emotion and describe what we call Emotional Leadership.

Keep an eye out for these interviews on ECDTV each week over the next month.

riders&elephants wants to make the workplace more human. Our belief is that people have a right to express themselves, to tap into their emotions, to connect with others, and to be themselves at work and in their lives.

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