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Maintaining a Positive Mindset in Chaotic Times

2020 has been a wild ride. Between the pandemic and the subsequent economic fallout, it’s easy to view everything through a negative lens.   

Keeping a positive isn’t just necessary, it’s our responsibility. Even in the most challenging times, business leaders have to keep the ship steady, look ahead, and optimize the effectiveness of our teams. If we feel defeated, our teams will follow suit and the organization will fall apart. 

It’s time to focus on the things we can control. While we can’t change the fact that there’s a pandemic, we can shift on how we respond to it. 

How can we be the leaders our teams need during this chaotic time? How do we balance realism and optimism? What is the critical piece people often miss in the conversation on emotional intelligence in the workplace? 

In this episode, I’m joined by Executive Performance and Transition Coach, Dennis Volpe. We discuss the challenges leaders are facing in 2020, and how we can deal with them.

3 Things We Learned from Dennis

  • The levels of awareness all leaders need to have: The 3 lenses of awareness essential for effective leadership are self-awareness, social awareness, and situational awareness. We need to have a good understanding of ourselves, others, and how to navigate different circumstances.
  • Why emotional intelligence shouldn’t be our sole focus: While it’s important to develop an emotionally intelligent culture in our organization, we have to balance it with what actually drives the business forward. Emotional intelligence without performance and efficiency will only lead to a stagnant organization.  
  • Why we shouldn’t be the only leaders on our teams: Our jobs as leaders are made easier when we hire smart people who can lead themselves and solve problems independently. There should be leadership at every level in an organization, and that’s accomplished by hiring people who don’t always look to us for the answer or solution.