I was recently privileged to be invited by a close friend to a Seahawk game. We were taken in style by a town car with a distinguished driver. My friend John greeted me with an enthusiastic smile and contagious attitude… “It’s going to be great Steve!” I couldn’t help but to “jump on” the good feelings and be swept in with the fun awaiting us.
How easily we catch a leader’s emotional state, has to do with how expressively their faces, voices, and gestures convey their feelings.
It’s not just Seahawk games ~its the game of leadership. The greater a leader’s skills at transmitting emotions, the more forcefully the emotions will spread.
People pay close attention to a leader, even subtle expressions of emotions can have a big impact.
How well you express your enthusiasm ~ the more readily others feel that same contagious passion.
Leadership is a skill, a craft that is learned. Leaders who display the right emotional leadership become magnets; people naturally gravitate to them. When you think about the leaders with whom people most want to work in organizations, they probably have the ability to exude upbeat feelings.
Research has proven it: optimistic, enthusiastic leaders more easily retain their people and build effective teams.
How can you display the right kind of emotional exchange today? Be a great emotional influence this week?
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