Positive and Negative Emotions
Managers/leaders with higher emotional intelligence have greater sensitivity and empathy. They are more expressive. They are viewed as more effective leaders by direct reports and managers. They receive greater merit increases and higher performance ratings. Teams with higher emotional intelligence have greater cohesion. They perform more effectively in a shorter time. They are more satisfied with team communications and they receive more social support from team members.
Positive emotions enable us to expand our focus and level of consciousness. Negative emotions narrow our focus while lowering our consciousness. Emotional contagion is the process where the behavior of an individual begins to affect the behavior of the group as a whole. We often catch the wave of emotion within the organization. The emotions and energy we choose to surround ourselves with can have a huge impact on our results.
The effects of emotional contagion can often cause us to behave like the average of the five people with whom we spend the most time. Emotions, whether positive or negative, can spread like an energy virus throughout an organization. The development of our authenticity and emotional intelligence enables us to create a heathy space between our emotions and our behavior. Having the emotional agility to realize this helps our walls to come down and expand our consciousness.
An emotion typically lasts about 90 seconds. If we simply ride the wave of the emotion it will gradually dissipate. If we hold a thought for more than 17 seconds it begins to attract energy like that thought. Our energy and emotions can either inspire and lift people up or control and hold them down. Our emotions, like waves of energy, are shifting constantly. They happen without our having to think about them and just like breathing. We can regulate them by bringing mindful attention to them which occurs as we learn to become less resistive, judgmental or attachment to outcome.
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