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Journaling is one of those tools that I wish I had known about early in my leadership journey. As a young man, the idea of journaling conjured images of teenagers with diaries hidden under their beds. Later I began to associate the act of journaling as a practice used by mental health therapists. Though both are probably accurate, I recently started to understand the benefit of journaling for leaders, specifically those looking to increase their self-awareness and emotional intelligence. Table of Contents What is journalingThe benefit of journaling How to get started journalingJournaling FAQaTop leadership journalsMy top journaling tips for leadersFinal Thoughts What is Journaling? Though I don’t think about the teenager with the diary hidden under the bed anymore, the concept of journaling isn’t that different. The act of journaling allows a person to transfer their thoughts, feelings, and experiences onto paper. Journaling is a great way to keep…

I often discuss the importance of leaders utilizing all tools at their disposal to increase their effectiveness. In my recent blog, I discuss holistic health and the benefits of adding a holistic approach to the leader’s lifestyle. I want to provide another hidden gem for leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs, etc., leader mindfulness for this article. What is leader mindfulness? The term “mindfulness” refers to the practice of being completely aware and in the moment. A mindful person pays attention to what is happening around them both mentally and physically in a nonjudgmental way. Now apply this concept to your role as a leader; you will be more effective if you can focus your mind and slow down the million and one things going on around you to genuinely see and understand what is happening around you. When I envision mastering mindfulness, I envision Neo when he was finally able to…

Why do I focus so much on the concept of emotional intelligence or the emotion quotient (EQ)? Increasing your emotional intelligence and learning to harness EQ to better yourself, your team, and your organization is critical to your success as a diverse leader. However, for leaders to increase and capitalize on EQ, they must regularly focus on and practice specific habits. EQ and Diversity For the slightly different leader, whether it’s the young executive that’s ten years junior to the rest of his work peers, the one female programming lead amongst the group techies or one of the three minority leaders out the group of 100 leaders managing insurance firms. We must learn how to maximize our unique backgrounds, talents, and experiences to guide, influence, and motivate others. Emotional intelligence is the diverse leader’s key to success in maximizing the potential of their team and their own. There are four…

Organizations need emotionally intelligent leaders. As a leader yourself, you want to employ other leaders who possess high emotional intelligence or EQ in your organization. So, what benefits should your team or organization expect to reap as you hire more emotionally intelligent leaders? Here are five benefits of having an emotionally intelligent leader within your organization First, you must understand what emotional intelligence is and how it can benefit your organization. Next, what characteristics should you expect to see in an emotionally intelligent leader? What is emotional intelligence? In the recent blog, I explore what emotional intelligence or EQ is. Many leaders believe emotional intelligence (EQ) is limited to the ability to control and manage your emotions. Though this definition is technically is correct, Daniel Goleman, a bestseller author on numerous books on EQ, breaks emotional intelligence down into five key components of emotional intelligence. So what are the characteristics…

An emotional intelligent leader is critical to the success of any organization. Therefore, an emotional intelligent leader must continue to sharpen their emotional intelligence or EQ through lifelong learning and application. Emotional intelligence plays a huge part in our personal emotional growth but is also vital in leading teams effectively. There are various ways to increase your emotional intelligence. I list some of those methods in my blog article, “4 Tips to Increase your Emotional Intelligence Skills”. However, for most of us, the easiest way is to learn from books. As an emotional intelligent leader, you should think out of the box, especially when it comes to your intelligence applied to many situations such as home life, relationships, parenting, work-life balance, and so much more. Therefore, I’ve listed 8 “Must Reads” for the emotional intelligent leader. 8 Books for the emotional intelligent leader As an experienced leader, there is a…

What is Emotional Intelligence? The concept of emotional intelligence has been around since the 1970s. However, the American Psychologist Daniel Goleman brought the idea to life for the everyday leader in the 1990s. As a result, today’s experienced leaders are conscious of the importance of understanding, recognizing, and managing their emotions. However, awareness does not always translate into action when controlling and managing a leader’s emotions. Hence why emotional intelligence (EQ) and self-awareness are kindred spirits. In a recent article, I ascertain that self-awareness is a critical attribute for a successful leader. This idea extends to the concept of emotional intelligence. Mastering emotional intelligence skills I’ve never had a problem controlling my emotions regarding reacting to stress or losing my temper. In essence, I have always been able to self-regulate. The majority of my previous leaders, including my current leader, have commented on my ability to remain level-headed in stressful…

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