What makes you angry? Or what is anger? Leaders need to know both answers.
The nature and climate of our current culture is a fascinating part of human evolution. The rate at which society is changing and the factors which are causing it might blow your mind.
Anger. Frustration. Finger pointing. Outbursts of rage. Violence (in the streets and in the work place). Distrust. Jealousy. All of these are expressions of emotions out of control. And dare I say they are intentionally provoked by some for financial gain and others for political gain.
This is a problem. Fellow JMT leadership coach and crisis intervention specialists Veronica Sites knows better than I do the impact unresolved conflict has on the work environment. But I can tell you this: much of the problem we face in culture wars today stems from a lack of personal accountability, an inability to control our emotions, unfettered license to misbehave without consequences and the common thread of such behavior all around us.
As leaders, we need to get a grip. First on our own emotions, second on an understanding of what is provoking those we lead and how to counter it.
My friend and licensed Counselor Brady Daniel will tell you Anger = fear + pain.
If you can discover what causes your team fear and pain you can abate the anger before it causes damage.
Leading with compassion is required now even more than ever before.
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