As leadership executives, organizational impact and modeling of EQ starts with you; learning to come from the heart, understanding your deeper drivers, practicing connection. What work have you done to truly understand your “deeper why”? How does who you are as a person affect the decisions you make for your people and your products? As an adviser to leading-edge start-ups, it never ceases to amaze me how much of leadership’s unresolved personal history comes through in their interactions with their People (click here for a definition of “people”; the self-doubt birthed from wanting to please a parent, the “shrinking” presence of the executive when their shame regarding their gender/ethnicity or uncertainty about their role or their….(take your pick) comes through in a make or break pitch.  As a practicing mental health therapist, I can tell you that the social science and neuropsychology behind that is deeply rooted in history and environment.  And how about navigating adversity?  In David and Goliath, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell refers to “desirable difficulties” such as dyslexia, challenges that force people to learn new skills, and how these difficulties led to their success.  He also cites research on the percentage of the most popular creatives in history (25%) that lost a parent by age 10. 

ENGAGE: Journal on the following questions.  Contact me to discuss how to turn your challenges into strengths.  

What adversities have you faced? How has that strengthened your EQ? How would you be different without having faced these difficulties?

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