In the corporate world, professionals are quick to dismiss words and actions that come off as too good to be true. Leaders–especially women–who seem to tap into the emotions of the people they manage are dismissed as less credible than those who maintain a stoic mien. However, most overlook the power of emotions that allow emphatic and decisive leadership.
How then can leaders use their emotions for the good of their team?
Emotions send a message even without much talk.
When leaders try to hide all their emotions, they end up saying a lot more than necessary. A person has a healthy grasp of emotions is capable of enabling action. If a leader is worried and others are aware of it, they will start to move accordingly. In the same way, if a leader is pleased and she expresses it, the team could be assured that they’re doing something right.
They can engage people.
A leader who knows how to handle emotions can use these to influence and inspire others. Seeing a person’s expressive side reveals passion and willingness in a pursuit. Now, this is something that most workplaces need. Having a leader who is authentic and passionate can be a good motivator for team members who are catching up.
They make people aware of a leader’s authority.
A leader in touch of her emotions can draw positive attention. Witnessing her feelings can move teams to do right by her. Instead of ignoring instructions and comments, people will notice that she means serious business.
Authenticity is important in the workplace. It shows a person’s commitment and integrity on the job. For women, tapping into their emotions is a natural skill. This is one reason they make good leaders in the workplace.
Heather Weber is a philanthropist, female empowerment advocate, and karate enthusiast. Learn more about Heather’s interests by visiting this page .