As project leader you must spread positive energy in the project
“Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others.” Robert Louis Stevenson
We are driven by our emotions, but emotions can be managed in order to create joy and enthusiasm.
We look for purpose in impressions. The world becomes comprehensible through our thoughts but we react on emotions. The cognitive diamond shows that our emotions influence thoughts, behaviour and senses. Emotions are quickly perceived whereas our thoughts react slower. All emotions are combined from Ekman’s basic emotions of which only one is positive, one is neutral and the rest are negative. If we have both negative emotions and negative thoughts our gut is going to ache. On the other hand we can use our thoughts and behaviour to influence our emotions.
Emotional energy is powerful. People actually die for what they feel is right! Negative emotions are very costly because they drain energy reserves and they are contagious.
Experiments with actors show that there is no physiological difference between acting angry and being angry. If we are to do our best we have to have access to positive emotions:
- If one of your team members are irritating you can note positive facts about him or her. Think about these notes the next time you work together and your behaviour will change.
- Be aware of what makes your employees happy and make those activities a priority.
- Make positive lists describing the positive aspects of tasks which generally just aren’t a lot of fun.
- Give appreciative feedback and bring about an appreciative culture.
- Good relations are a shot in the arm. Bad relations are poisonous for the atmosphere.
- Focus on possibilities rather than problems.
- If you experience anxiety, your breathing will become shallow and fast. So breathe calmly and deeply in stressful situations.
- Use music correctly. If you come home all stressed out then heavy metal is probably not the best choice if you want to relax.
“A leader is a dealer in hope” Napoleon
Paul Ekman(born February 15, 1934)
He is an American psychologist and professor at the University of California, San Francisco who is a pioneer in the study of emotions and their relation to facial expressions. He has created an “atlas of emotions” with more than ten thousand facial expressions, and has gained a reputation as “the best human lie detector in the world”.
He was ranked 59th out of the 100 most cited psychologists of the twentieth century.
Handbook of Cognition and Emotion (Sussex, UK John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 1999)