Lead Smartly: Reject Dumb Denials & Lead Change!
Successful leaders use courage, IQ, social intelligence, and emotional intelligence (EQ) to lead smartly. Their beliefs and actions are markedly different from others. Most especially, they seek the truth even when it is uncomfortable! They reject dumb denials that trap others in the status quo and inaction.
Lead Smartly: 5 Dumb Denials Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Reject
Behind each of these mistaken beliefs, is a dumb denial that sink many leaders. Don’t get trapped. Reject these dumb denials and lead smartly!
- If you can’t measure it, it doesn’t exist. Truly absurd.
It wipes out all sorts of experience, intuition, information etc… Overly cautious leaders deny the truth — that much exists even when we can’t measure it. Smart leaders live in the truth. They don’t deny it. They have the courage to lead smartly from many sources.
- No news is good news. Truly dangerous.
It limits valuable communication to negative announcements and problem solving. Leaders who shy away from showing appreciation, from recognizing talents, and from communicating well, leave untapped potential and morale on the floor. When these leaders speak only the bad news, performance suffers. Smart leaders inspire and engage with communication. They build their influence through relationships.
- People skills are inborn. Truly short-sighted.
When leaders live this belief, they are denying the diversity that challenges human interaction. It takes people skills training to have people stay productive with others. Engaging leaders make time for their teams’ people skills development, especially for team building and how to work through conflict.
- Arrogance is a sign of confidence. It inspires others and produces great results. Truly dumb.
Arrogance is not confidence. It doesn’t inspire teammates. It annoys them and drives them away. It disrespects others and reduces collaboration. The truth is that confidence is rooted in continuous learning. It prevents arrogance from taking root. Smart leaders address the stifling behavior of arrogant employees even if it’s uncomfortable.
- Emotion is unproductive. Truly out-of-date.
Smart leaders tap emotion to lead smartly, encourage innovation, and spearhead change. They don’t label it as unproductive. They tap employee passion — a form of emotion — to ignite the talents the company hired. They show appreciation — a form of emotion — to increase commitment and reduce complaints. They give empathy when teams are struggling and encouragement to help them over the obstacles. Conversely, leaders who deny the value of emotion look weak and antiquated.
Step out of the comfort of denial and lead smartly. Inspire people with your emotional intelligence, vision, and willingness to handle the tough moments. It shows just how much you believe in what you are leading. If you don’t, why should they?
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™
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