Monday, November 14, 2016

Emotional flexibility

Emotional flexibility can be defined as the ability to respond to shifting emotional contexts, including environmental contexts as well as internally elicited emotion with appropriate modulations of emotional responses, encompassing automatic, implicit as well as deliberate processing.

Being stuck in one emotional state, positive or negative (anxious or worried or angered or depressed), is clearly not adaptive.

Emotional flexibility requires the ability to distance from an emotional state in order to analyse its appropriateness and consequences, given the current context, and to consider and to be able to engage in other emotional responses.

 Leaders with emotional flexibility vary their approach to dealing with their own and other’s emotions – an area that many leaders often fail to consider. An emotionally flexible leader is comfortable with the process of transition, including the grieving.

Adapting to change requires give and take between the leader and those experiencing the change. A leader without emotional flexibility is dismissive of other’s concerns or emotions and shut down discussion.
Emotional flexibility
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