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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…

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…

Self assessments are a great way to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses as a leader. As I mentioned in a previous article understanding your strengths and weakness is critical to the success of a leader. Great leaders understand the importance of taking time to self-assess. Unfortunately, with our busy schedules, we seldom have the time to conduct a complete self-assessment. However, in today’s world of technology, leaders can choose from several quick and easy online self-assessments that are available from your phone or tablet. 16 Personalities may be one of the best! 16 Personalities self assessment According to their website, the 16 personalities model utilizes the acronym format introduced by Myers-Briggs for its simplicity and convenience, with an extra letter to accommodate five rather than four scales. Every person that I’ve recommended this personality test to is surprised at how accurate it is. The 16 Personalities website claims that over…

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