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  • Writer's pictureJaclyn T. Badeau

What impact does it have when your leader is impatient and reacts hastily?

Let’s think about it…

I’m sure many have had the experience of a “leader” shooting from the hip too often. You may have even been that person who has to go pick up the pieces of everyone left in their chaotic destruction, demotivated and kept in the dark. “Impulsive people are often described as hot-headed and “leap-before-they-look-people” according to the book The EQ Edge. What I do know is if you don’t have the right balance of “looking before you leap” and listening to value gut feelings, you can create negative ripples throughout your team and the organization.

The Impulse Control leadership skill (within the Decision Making behavior measured in the EQ-i 2.0 tool) according to the book The EQ Edge is described as, “the ability to resist or delay an impulse, drive, or temptation to act. It entails avoiding rash behaviors and decision making, being composed, and able to put the brakes on angry, aggressive, hostile, and irresponsible behavior.”

There are many techniques to build your Impulse Control leadership skills whether they be a simple practice of taking 5 deep breaths to help curb your impulse or practice unfreezing techniques to make decisions when needed. To learn additional tips and tricks on how to build your Impulse Control skills and to learn more about EQ Coaching, please reach out to chat.

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