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The Leadership Equation: Self-Control

In the last leadership post, we discussed the importance of wisdom, learning, and understanding in demonstrating competence as a leader and influencer of others. This week, we will continue to look at the characteristics of a competent leader.

    \[ l_i = \left ( i_1 + t + f + h + \frac{s_1}{s_2} + c_1 + j\right )\left ( w_1 + u + l + \frac{s_3}{a} + e \right )\left ( w_2 + \frac{m_1}{m_2} + c_2  \right ) \]

where l_i = leadership/influence and s_3 = self-control

Good leaders exercise self-control. Exercising self-control involves managing one’s emotions and impulses in order to control inappropriate reactions and channel energy in a positive manner.

Why it Matters

Self-control enables good leaders to stay calm and clear-headed during a crisis or a time of high stress. A leader with self-control can also act strategically instead of just reacting. Self-control enables leaders to resist short term gain at the expense of a bigger long term payout.

A Lack of Control

What does a lack of control in a leader look like? Expressing anger is a common reaction. Instead of demonstrating leadership, some will act out like a two year old child throwing a public temper tantrum. This behavior creates havoc and stress in an organization, a loss of team productivity, and causes a leader to lose influence over others.

For others like me, a more common reaction is impatience and irritability. The symptoms of impatience and irritability include interrupting others, expressing a grumpy disposition, a lack of listening, and put downs. This negative behavior can become contagious in an organization.

Finally, a lack of control can cause a leader to act on impulse. Unchecked over time, this can lead to excessive greed and addiction and ultimately to moral failure.

How to Improve Self-Control

What about you? I would like to hear what helps you exercise self-control. You can leave a comment below.

In Leadership (anger, Leadership, self-control, temptation)
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