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Emotional Agility

Emotional Agility

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Emotional agility

Effective leaders don’t buy into or try to suppress their inner experiences. Instead, they approach them in a mindful, values-driven, and productive way—developing what we call emotional agility.

In our complex, fast-changing knowledge economy, this ability to manage one’...

The first step in developing emotional agility is to notice when you’ve been hooked by your thoughts and feelings. That’s hard to do, but there are certain telltale signs. One is that your thinking becomes rigid and repetitive. 

Leaders stumble when they are paying too ...

Label your thoughts and emotions

When you’re hooked, the attention you give your thoughts and feelings crowds your mind; there’s no room to examine them. One strategy that may help you consider your situation more objectively is the simple act of labeling.

Labeling allows you to see your thoughts and feelings for ...

The opposite of control is acceptance—not acting on every thought or resigning yourself to negativity but responding to your ideas and emotions with an open attitude, paying attention to them, and letting yourself experience them.

Take 10 deep breaths and notice what’s...

Act on your values

When you unhook yourself from your difficult thoughts and emotions, you expand your choices. You can decide to act in a way that aligns with your values.

Is your response going to serve you and your organization in the long term as well as the short term? Will it help you steer others ...

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