Calm, cool, and levelheaded is what almost everyone likes in a leader.
But being a great leader requires more than just a good decision maker; you need to show some feeling, as well. Today, we’re going to talk about a few reasons why showing some emotion is important to good leadership, and how to go about putting things into place.
The right kind of emotion?
Before we begin, we should probably clarify what we mean by emotion/feeling. We’re not talking about having full-on outbursts or victimizing yourself by acting like you carry the weight of all who cross paths with you.
Rather, the right kind of emotion for a great leadership is one of compassion for your employees, genuine kindness, and respect. You want to show that you are invested in your employees and that you can empathize with them.
“This leader is just right.”
That leads us to our next point: Neither too hot nor too cold is what everyone wants in a leader. Follow the goldilocks principle–as a leader, you need to walk the fine line between calculating (‘robotic’), and overly passionate.
Passion can be contagious and persuasive.
When you show that you are passionate about your work and that you genuinely care about your employees, others will follow. Showing some emotion is a great way to influence others to push themselves. As a leader, you set the example for the rest, not the other way around.
Compassion shows authenticity.
Showing compassion for your employees helps to create that sense of authenticity that many employees crave. When you show an employee how much they mean to you and your company, it gives them the drive to work harder.
Showing kindness and respect is also great for collaboration.
The relationship between a leader and employee is a two-way street. When you take into consideration the thoughts and efforts of your employees, they will do their best to deliver the results you want, because they feel personally invested in the work they do. In turn, your productivity and creativity should also increase as the projects you do become more of a team effort.
Humility builds trust.
Being open to what your employees say is a great way to build trust. Showing that you are willing to learn from them removes the fear or backlash of speaking out, helping you work against the stumbling blocks that many businesses face due to lack of communication.
A leader doesn’t need to be that mysterious figure delegating from up in the rafters. Showing some emotion is a great way to build a relationship with your employees. By doing so, the benefits that you and your employees receive in the long run will go great lengths towards building your company.