We’re human. As much as we triumph is as much as we falter. We have different emotions, and different moods coursing through us. There’s a constant ebb and flow. It’s not realistic to think that you will be happy ALL the time. Nor do we have to be unhappy ALL the time.
We’re human. There’s a cadence … a rhythm … to our emotions. Have you factored that into your productivity and leadership?
The thing about productivity and leadership is that you often think about consistency being a key attribute. (Well, at least for most leadership styles! 🙂 ). And if there’s anything we know about human emotions is that they are consistently inconsistent. … Or are they?
One of the toughest challenges in becoming a productive leader is learning the emotional intelligence (EQ) skills that allow you to more regularly, consistently and effectively regulate how you feel, how you lead and how to manage others given how they feel.
Tony Schwartz of The Energy Project talks about emotional energy and there being four energy quadrants plotted on axes of quantity (low to high energy) versus quality (negative to positive energy).
Clearly our aim to be productive leaders is to stay away from the negative energy quadrants – survival and burnout. We’re no good to anyone there least of all ourselves. To be productive leaders we need to find our rhythm between the positive energy quadrants – performance and recovery.
Every human being needs periods of recovery as well as periods of performance. You should not be in one all the time. And though that rhythm is governed by body science, there are still individual peculiarities that we have to understand and cater to.
When are you most energetic?
How long can you concentrate on a task before you need a break? How do you handle interruptions? Do you have the ability to see the silver lining? Do you know how to appropriately assign accountability or do you take on too much? How much time do you need to process an emotion? Are you an introvert or an extrovert? And the list goes on.
Your success in managing your emotional energy, is in knowing what gets you out of the survival and burnout zones, what gets you into the performance and recovery zones, and what is the cadence you need between those performance and recovery zones.
So as you are building your repertoire of productivity habits, don’t forget the EQ habits that help you achieve the performance and recovery zones more often than not.
What’s your most reliable EQ productivity habit?