Your Emotional Health Indicators

Emotional-Health-IndicatorsAnyone can allow emotions to override discernment or rational thinking. But if this becomes modus operandi, it’s time to check your emotional health indicators, before unfortunate things happen.

I wrote about this in my last post. This is one of the most challenging areas for leaders, as it requires an accurate self-awareness that often calls for honest feedback from others; no one is the best judge of their own emotional state.

Although emotions can range from very positive to very negative, negative emotions—including angercontemptdisgustguiltfear, and nervousness—typically interfere with effective leadership and cause unfortunate aftereffects.

To assess your emotional tendencies, note and identify feelings and emotions, primarily during moments of stress or trial. Make a habit of stepping back to identify the emotion of the moment. Patterns may appear.

Do you find yourself easily angered or openly frustrated? Do fears or anxieties tend to make you hesitate or become unable to make tough decisions? Are your relationships suffering from resentments or pessimism you can’t seem to break? How is this impacting your culture? Try to identify these emotions and identify thoughts or actions that precede them.

While we can’t control how others behave, we can control our responses. Are your responses healthy? In other words, are they adding value? Are they justified? These are all aspects of the emotional assessment in being self-aware.

Defense mechanisms of avoidance, intimidation, denial or over-delegating are a result of an emotional inability to manage situations in a healthy way. If you find yourself repeatedly resorting to these tactics, you will benefit by evaluating why you have difficulty coping with stress.

What do you think? What are your emotional health indicators? How accurate is your self-awareness? I’d love to hear from you. You can call me at 704-827-4474; let’s talk. And as always, I can be reached here or on LinkedIn.

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