Your emotions can be the biggest driving force to success. However, they can be the most significant reason behind your downfall as well.
When we talk about leadership, one thing is for sure - it brings with it a lot of responsibility. After all, when everyone looks up to you for inspiration, you cannot afford to be over-expressive. This is the reason that I always say - if you, as a leader, want to control your team, you need to keep your negative emotions under control.
Being positive makes you smarter, whereas being angry makes you look stupid - it’s as simple as that. I don’t think I need to give any examples here - we have experienced how anger leads us to make bad decisions only to regret later.
When you are leading a business, a team, or an organization, there’s no scope for impulsive decisions. You need to keep a calm head always and then treat the situation. Sadly our negative emotions overpower our brain, and we end up making the wrong decision.
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The worst thing about negative emotions is that they lead to a build of toxicity in the environment. When the people working with you see your anger and frustration, they are bound to get impacted. And this might lead to a downfall in their productivity.
Whether it is anger or joy, whether it is frustration or merriment, you need to know how to maintain the right balance in expressing them as a leader. Too much of everything is bad, especially if we talk about emotions. Expressing too much joy might make the team carefree and careless, whereas too much anger might make them afraid and stressed.
No one likes to work with a team leader, manager, or leader who always keeps yelling at them. Nor does anyone appreciate a leader who is always too stressed about everything. Since, as a leader, you have to shoulder the responsibility of building a team, you need to be careful when expressing negative emotions in front of the team.
This is the reason they say that leadership can be lonely at times. But, trust me - if you are able to control your emotions, you will be able to build a winning team - and it will all be worth it in the end!!!
Vartika Kashyap is the Chief Marketing Officer at ProofHub — leading project management software. From contributing to websites such as The Huffington Post, Business.com, Elearning, Dzone, and The Next Web to becoming LinkedIn Top Voices in 2017 and 2018, she has recognised amazing new ways to reach the audience. She weaves stories about productivity, team building, work culture, leadership, and common workplace events. She also loves to read and travel to new places.
Vartika is the Chief Marketing Officer at ProofHub. She has 6 Years experience in online digital marketing, brand optimization and SEO along with social media marketing and email marketing strategies. Vartika holds an MBA in Finance (Banking) & Marketing from the IBS Hyderabad.