Did you know that your mood as a leader can impact your team's performance?
As Daniel Goleman's article below outlines, you're emotions as leader are contagious.
So how aware are you of your own emotions in the first place? Second, how well can you manage them?
Think of a child who is crying because a dog chewed her baseball. She is upset because she can't play with her toy and was startled by the dog. She is also likely to stay upset until a parent comforts her. If another child sees her crying before she is comforted, he might begin crying too. The open loop mechanism of the limbic system means emotions can be contagious. This can happen at the office, too. [...] This contagion from leader to team was identified by Sigal Barsade in a series of studies when she was at the Yale School of Management. She found that if a team leader was in a negative mood, team members caught that mood and their performances tanked. If the leader was upbeat, members became energized and performance shot up.