As a leader, it’s okay to admit that you have feelings. Sometimes it’s even good to share those feelings with your team. But the Harvard Business Reviewsays there’s a thin line between showing you’re vulnerable and over sharing. Here are five ways to manage yourself.
- Figure yourself out. Learn to recognize the signs that it’s time to hit the emotional pause button and look within to identify a feeling’s root cause.
- Regulate your emotions. Learn to control your words, tone and body language so that you avoid burdening your team with more than they can handle.
- Don’t become emotionally leaky. If you’re having a bad day, admit it. Let the team know why and that it’s not because of them.
- Provide a path forward. Once you admit that you’re feeling anxious or concerned, explain what you plan to do about it. If others can help, say how.
- Read the room. Pair realism with optimism by acknowledging a negative emotion or situation, and also pointing out the bright side.