Do feelings belong in the workplace? I've recently challenged this assumption in my professional life. I am looking for others willing to learn, share, and apply their own professional experiences for the purpose of developing quality leadership characteristics.
I 'woke up' after a series of emotionally traumatic events and along my journey I've wanted nothing more than to stay connected to my heart and lead with it. I underestimated the positive impact this has had on my professional life.
Being open enough to tell a coworker how I feel - counter intuitive to my previous approach - I've been able to develop trusting relationships, clarify important decisions, drive cultural change, and sense subtle nuances that have led to breakthrough moments. To my surprise, I've even been invited to attend meetings simply to uncover communication issues!
Leading with my heart has improved my listening skills and ability to intuit underlying issues that otherwise would stifle creativity. Hope for real change is possible.
I've been reading Executive EQ, Emotional Intelligence in Leadership & Organizations by Robert K. Cooper, Ph.D and Ayman Sawaf. This book has an interesting framework for developing relevant discussions. While it isn't necessary that you have this book - any book on EQ will do - I'll be using it as a means to generate new topics to discuss.
My focus is to stay connected to my heart. I value my professional relationships, but it takes self-examination and introspection. Discernment is important towards building emotional confidence and so I started this bookclub to find other people with a similar passion who are willing to learn, share, and apply their own experiences so we all grow together.