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Leading with Heart

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The other day, I ran across this blog post by Mitch Ditkoff about thought leaders being replaced by “feeling leaders”. He had attended the World Innovation Forum and witnessed several top-notch presenters. What he observed was that the truly compelling presentations were made by those speaking from their hearts, not their heads.

This makes perfect sense for several reasons but here are 3 that illustrate the point rather well:

    1. Psychology professor, Daniel Kahneman, was awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize for Economics after his studies proved that we behave emotionally first, rationally second.


    1. According to research, IQ accounts for only 4-10% of career success! Perhaps up to 25-30% within certain industries but, even so, it remains a fairly low overall percentage.


    1. 75% of executives derail due to lack of emotional competencies.

Given this rich data, it’s no surprise that we prefer to be in the company of those who move us emotionally. If you are a leader who continues to leave your emotions at the door, it is only a matter of time before your career stalls out or the brilliant minds around you choose to follow another leader home.

I was reminded of this quote by Maya Angelou during a recent Presentations Training class I attended. Candace BelAir, our instructor and a former CNN broadcast journalist, reads it before every speech she delivers:

"I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Yep. It matters. Time to plug in and lead with your heart.


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