Sunday, June 7, 2009

Managing Well


"At the heart of any good business is a chief executive officer with one." ~ Malcolm Forbes

Amongst other qualities, good leadership includes the ability to be:

  • appreciative
  • adaptable
  • communicative
  • encouraging
  • organized
  • a risk-taker
  • a visionary
All of these skills can become tarnished under the constant grinding of untransformed stress. As a leader, do you feel like you're losing the abilities that made you a great leader in the first place? Do the things that once brought you joy now seem onerous or routine? These are the signs that you've lost heart - a typical casualty of stress.

The great news is that you can get back what you've lost. By learning to manage your emotions you are able to reactivate all those positive qualities you possess and lead, once again, with hope!

I recently had the honour of presenting at the CMA-BC conference, where the organizers modelled great leadership.

I was well-looked after right from my initial contact with the organization up to and including the day of the conference. I was impressed with the attention to detail that ensured that I could concentrate on my presentation. I appreciate all the help I received, including having AV support and someone in the room to welcome and assist me throughout the sessions. A heartfelt thanks to all of you for organizing a wonderful conference and making me feel so welcomed!

All these small considerations add up to provide a big dose of hospitality that extends beyond the immediate moment. Positive thoughts and emotions result in a very different heart rhythm than negative ones. The smooth rhythm helps transform your stress so you can feel better emotionally, mentally and physically. When you feel better, you do better and you are able to treat others well. You do a better job at managing, regardless of whether it is a company, a sports team or your home life.

As Napoleon Bonaparte stated, "A leader is a dealer in hope.” As long as hope is present, we are willing to push through difficulties to achieve our goals, regardless whether they are big or small.

How invaluable would that be in your work environment?

Photo courtesy of: Sachin Ghodke

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