Our body’s role in leadership is more than just to carry our head around.
New discoveries in neurobiology are showing us that emotions are transmitted through our bodies.
This is important because, per the emotional intelligence guru, Daniel Goleman, the emotional state of a business organization is the number one determinant of its success.
As leaders, we must become more active in setting the emotional tone of our businesses.
The Reach of Emotional Energy
Emotions literally run rampant among people. Just by being in proximity of each other, without saying or doing anything, we influence each others’ emotions.
Psychologists as far back as 1981 found that when multiple people are in the same proximity, even for relatively short timeframes, they end up sharing the same mood.
Leaders have the greatest influence on the emotional tone of an organization because people are most aware of the leaders.
Our bodies emit an emotional energetic field through our hearts. The Institute of HeartMath reports that heart fields reflect our emotional state and have been definitively measured to extend at least eight feet from our body.
However, researchers making this measurement openly state that the equipment used to measure the field was only capable of measuring up to eight feet, and they believe the field actually extends much further.
As we emit this energy, the heart fields of others around us synchronize with this energy.
Your Vibe is Showing
Be Deliberate about the Emotions You Project
This research reveals the importance of monitoring our own moods. When our teams feel positive, their cognitive and creative abilities are heightened, so it’s important that our own mood is consistently positive and coherent.
We must remember that if we show up cranky and frustrated, we’re generating unhealthy emotional environments where fear and anxiety will become commonplace.
These environments aren’t conducive to productivity and will eventually lead to massive burnout.
In addition to influencing the emotions of teams through osmosis, we can also deliberately project our energy towards a person or a group with the goal of changing their emotional state.
Be Wise, Energize
These researchers weren’t specific about the process they used to influence others’ emotions, but I’ll outline the process I’ve used.
- First make sure your energy is the most coherent, being totally present and positive.
- Stop any mental chatter by focusing solely on the present moment and feeling gratitude for whatever is unfolding.
- Then propel your energy towards the intended person or group by imagining your energy projecting out from you.
I find that I can project most strongly during my out-breath, when I imagine that my breath is carrying my energy towards the target.
I’ll warn you that this process can be exhausting, especially if the group started out being very negative. Feeling yourself grounded into the earth, where you feel an extension from your feet into the core of the earth, can be useful in maintaining your positive energy and strength to project it.
Can you see yourself using this technique with confidence? Do you already use this type of technique or something similar? How would you use this as a leader? Please share your thoughts.
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