Deepak Chopra writes about leadership and emotions in his blog post He makes some very pertinent points. For example, he says that acting on impulse is not the same as incorporating emotions into decision making. The article is worth reading in full.
Incorporating emotions into decision making requires awareness of emotions. For example acting on impulse may be driven by fear or greed (loss of opportunity), or arrogance (I know best, I am quick), or tiredness (this is getting tedious to let’s get done with this). It is rare to get a genuine flash of a great insight. It is also difficult to be sure that this indeed is the case unless one is aware of emotions.
To put simply, leaders combine passion (for a vision or mission) with logic to produce an agenda of actions and they inspire (attract, engage, get them to give their best) their people through all this. Emotions are at the core of leadership.
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