The Mindful Leadership Blog

Just In! Too much of anything is just too much

November 7th, 2019










What’s hot?     

Believe it or not, you can be too emotionally intelligent according to a recent study.*

So what?          

Researchers found that leaders rated highest in empathy and emotional awareness (two elements of emotional intelligence) were seen to:

  • Be less effective at implementing change
  • Put less effort into the job
  • Have staff that were less satisfied than their counterparts

Being too nice and too attuned to emotions, “make[s] a manager hesitant to apply measures that he or she feels will impose excessive burden or discomfort to subordinates.”

What to do?         

Recognize that great management and leadership is a “both-and” kind of job.  You must be both empathetic and have high expectations, both people oriented and results driven, both curious about obstacles and expect them to be overcome, both team oriented and willing to take a stand…and the list goes on and on.

The easiest way to find out how you’re doing or to enable your managers to know how they’re doing is to ASK.  These three questions uncover a lot.

  1. In what ways do I pay too much attention? And how does that over-vigilance negatively impact people, progress or results?
  2. In what areas do I pay too little attention? What should I be doing more of?
  3. If balance is an important element of leadership, where do I need to be more balanced?

Beyond that, consider a 360-degree assessment crafted to give managers and leaders the information they need to manage the polarities of leadership.

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