While discussing an issue of a member at a monthly meeting of one of my CEO Groups, another member advised: “Take the emotion out of it!” The advice was well-intentioned, but ultimately, wrong. Ignoring emotion in the workplace can actually be dangerous. Here are links to a few insightful blogs that explain why:
In his HBR blog, “Emotional Contagion Can Take Down Your Team”, Tony Schwartz, discusses how negative emotions can spread, and why CEOs must act quickly to minimize their impact on company culture.
In “The Leader’s Message-Why It Must Evoke Feeling”, Lisa Petrilli, shares her experience with delivering messages that evoke feeling in others that motivates them to act.
Peter Bregman is his HBR blog, “The Emotional Adventure of Leadership”,shares his insight from 25 years of experience that leadership is, as much as anything, an emotional adventure.
Jenna Goudreau of Forbes, discusses the new book, The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live–and How You Can Change Them by neuroscientist and psychology professor Richard Davidson, Ph.D.“
If, like my example CEO member, you consider emotion in the workplace something to be avoided, a review of these resources may change your mind.