Why Emotional Self-Control Matters

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Realising anger and frustration can actually help you regain control over a hectic day or win back productivity after feeling frazzled. But you have to do it in a mindful way. 

On the surface, these three people live worlds apart:

  • Stefan works as a family practice nurse practitioner/manager in a busy urban clinic in the American Midwest.
  • Angelique turned her talent for design into a thriving business using recycled textiles to create clothing she markets throughout southeast Asia.
  • Avery directs a large non-profit organization focused on improving access to nutritious food in poor communities in northern England.

Beneath the surface, they’re closer than you’d think:

  • Stefan’s grief about his marriage ending distracts him, making him less available to his patients and coworkers.
  • Angelique can barely suppress feelings of rage whenever she sees email messages from a former supplier who is suing her.
  • Avery’s intense anxiety about upcoming funding cuts leaks out as overly critical interactions with staff members.

In different industries, on different continents, these three leaders have this in common: their inability to manage distressing emotions hurts their effectiveness at work. They each lack emotional self-control, one of twelve core competencies in our model of emotional and social intelligence.

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