7 Questions Every Leader Needs to Ask Herself Today

f8d5586f800a4ef0b0eb13bfbb7961deLeadership is evolving and how you show up impacts more lives than you’ll ever know!

Early on in my corporate career, I reported to an officer in the Power Industry who fully lived and embodied the expression, “The one with the most toys win!”

Tom (not his real name)…was brilliant, confident and had a powerful presence that drew people towards him.

Tom was also… arrogant, extremely competitive, loved the spotlight and spoke about his material possessions often. When that essence showed up…it repelled most people.

Back in the 1980’s emotional intelligence was not a “thing.”

In the past twenty years studies have shown… a leader’s emotional intelligence creates a certain culture or work environment.

Now we know a leader’s mood and behavior – how he or she shows up – drives the moods and behaviors of everyone else.  Quite literally, a leader’s mood is contagious… and spreads quickly and inevitably throughout the business.

Emotional Intelligence...energy

Note:  This invisible “intelligence” powers all organizations, teams, associations and groups.

High levels of Emotional Intelligence produce a climate of sharing, trust, healthy risk-taking and learning.

Low levels of Emotional Intelligence create a climate filled with fear and anxiety.

Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asserts that it is not cognitive intelligence that guarantees business success but emotional intelligence.

Goleman describes emotionally intelligent people as having these four characteristics:

  1. They are good at understanding their own emotions (self-awareness)
  2. They are good at managing their emotions (self-management)
  3. They are empathetic to the emotional drives of other people (social awareness)
  4. They are good at handling other people’s emotions (social skills)

Everyone is a leader in his or her life…and you always have a choice in how you show up!

Tom showed up and measured success by… his “power” position and the number of toys he acquired.

Transformational leaders show up differently! Transformational leaders leap beyond the power and money measures of success to discover and know themselves on a deeper, more authentic, level. They live and embody the softer skills of leadership. Interestingly enough, research shows softer skills deliver solid results.

BECOME Transformational

  1. Ask yourself the 7 “Yes” or “No” Questions Every Leader Needs to Ask Herself Today… found below. (Remember to go with the first answer that pops into your head.)
  1. Select at least one of the seven questions that ignited a charge or feeling and explore it further by asking open ended questions.

The open-ended questions below help expand awareness…

  • When do I hold back?
  • When do I give my all?
  • What am I afraid might happen?
  • What am I afraid might not happen?
  • What is the permission I need/want to move forward?

7 Questions Every Leader Needs to Ask Herself Today

Write your answers in a journal.  Engaging one’s attention and awareness on what’s happening inside of you… directly impacts how you show up and yields far-reaching results.  Results that can improve relationships, generate innovative ideas, lead to more creative work and an overall greater sense of well-being.

Now that’s something worth exploring!

Interested in more?  We each have a unique calling.  Just like your DNA and fingerprint your life purpose is unique to you and it’s always evolving.  There’s a fun, easy and quick way to discover where you are on your path.  Take the Life Path Quiz today!

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MaryAnn D’Ambrosio, MBA, PhD is a speaker, author, coach and creator of Flashcards for the Soul™. MaryAnn’s passion is working with individuals, groups and companies who are ready to “leap” and accelerate results by awakening the internal factors that transform ideas, vision, and projects into inspired action.  If you’ve been merely surviving instead of thriving, be sure to pick-up your F*R*E*E Overcome Overwhelm Toolkit at: LeapWithoutLimits.com