“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”
“When a decision has to be made, make it. There is no totally right time for anything.”
General George Patton
Globalization and technology have created change that defy all conventional logic. Just the other day a top banker was commenting how conventional logic dictates that when interest rates increase, banks’ share prices also increase. But early this year saw share prices of all major banks tumble in spite of the upwards revision of interest rates. No analyst could explain it. It is not logical, it is emotional. And market sentiment (hey, an emotional word) was fearful.
How does one cope? Much less lead in such a turbulent environment when change isn’t measured and controlled, but rather slamming one after another in waves and tsunamis? One CEO said, “If you’re still following the 5-year strategic plan you created 3 years ago, even 1 year ago, you’re almost certainly doing the wrong thing.”
Over the last 6 months, we’ve introduced you to each domain of the EQ-i 2.0 in turn, demonstrating how Self-Perception, Self-Expression, Interpersonal, Decision-Making and Stress Management all play out and impact at individual, team and organizational levels. We’ve also offered tips and strategies you can apply in each of these areas for immediate results and benefits.
This month, we want to try to integrate everything. We want to talk about EQ Leadership. What does it mean to lead in this kind of non-stop, ever-changing environment? What can you do to take charge emotionally and how do you positively manage the moods and energies of the people around you?
We propose 4 words:
In the next two blogs, we elaborate what this means and why a present-day leader needs to be armed and developing in these areas.