Emotion Regulation and Its Implications for Leadership

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Run down Forbes’ list of 15 things successful leaders do every day–create an approachable environment, challenge people to think, maintain positive energy and attitude–and you’ll find much that relates to successful management of one’s emotions. In today’s rapidly changing business environment, this skill may be more important than ever. A new article in the Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies reviews the current literature on emotion regulation and outlines an agenda for future research, providing practical implications for leaders:

JLOS_72ppiRGB_150pixWGiven the fact that change is the norm, leading in a changing and dynamic context requires efficient ER. Leaders with a conscious approach to ER may be better able to solve problems, handle diversity, and avoid rigidity in decision making by counteracting old habits, anxieties, or fears (Kets de Vries, 2006), thus enhancing creativity and openness to challenges…Leaders should therefore be willing to develop and empower others as leaders, not just create submissive followers, enhancing the followers’ use of reappraisal and naturally felt emotions.

Click here to continue reading the article, “Emotion Regulation and Its Implications for Leadership: An Integrative Review and Future Research Agenda,” published in the Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies by Annie Haver, Kristin Akerjordet and Trude Furunes, all of the University of Stavanger, Norway. Click here to sign up for e-alerts so you don’t miss out on more new research from the journal.

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