Be Less Anxious
An ability to embody and communicate inner calm in a way that helps others to lower their own anxiety.
Lead with Conviction
To act boldly, take clear stands, and be willing to take risks (even when it makes you vulnerable to failure and ridicule) for the sake of preserving core values or creating a new future you care about.
A new way of SEEING, THINKING and LEADING that helps leaders navigate the hidden dynamics of organizations more effectively. Resilient Leaders are able to:
The Resilient Leadership model calls for leaders to embrace a “New Way of SEEING, THINKING, and LEADING”. In this document we invite you to focus on the nature of the “New Way of THINKING” that has the potential to transform to a dramatic degree the effectiveness of leaders everywhere. “What exactly is this New Way” you might ask. The short answer to this question is to “think systems”, but more specifically it is a mandate to “Think Emotional Systems”.
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For many of us, the “good old days” are filled with memories of family and/ or friends’ get-togethers, fun and laughter. In the midst of the COVID–19 pandemic, these get – togethers, whether virtual or in-person, are really important in keep our important relationship systems connected. But, sometimes today’s “good old days” can also be stressful days. Many of us dread the subject of politics, fearing that one person’s opinion may cause another either to argue or withdraw or worse actually leave the get-together taking a lot of joy with them. In political discussions today, often what’s being discussed is clouded by emotions which trigger less than thoughtful responses.
Resilient Leadership makes a distinction between content and emotional process. Content is what is being discussed – the words that are spoken. Yet what drives the words, especially in tense conversations, is emotional process. Internally, when anxiety rises, feelings override sound thinking. One’s internal anxiety is often demonstrated by spoken words which then triggers another to argue, withdraw, or simply leave the discussion. The external display of tension filled emotional process then spreads the “infection.”
Today more so than ever, we all would do well to share our views and listen to the content of our political discussions with a heightened awareness of the “emotional process”- thus allowing for a more thoughtful and fruitful exchange. When we do, we are practicing more self-awareness which helps with self-regulation and ultimately results in much more enjoyable get-togethers.
In political conversations with family and friends over the next month, practice listening with an open mind and sharing your thinking as viewpoints you have rather than irrefutable facts. Envision your conversations as talking “with” another rather than talking “at” them.
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