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By WENDY BORN

Great leaders should talk less to influence more. The saying that actions speak louder than words have never been more accurate for the ability to influence, impress and inspire. Through an intimate understanding of one’s own behaviour comes a powerful tool for leaders.

In Daniel Goleman’s article The Well-Focused Leader he maintains that a leaders’ focus of attention directs and guides the attention of who he leads. A shift in focus then to that which is controllable – namely one’s own behaviours – may well change the dynamic of how leaders manage and maintain relationships.

The ability to be aware of and control the expression of emotions within interpersonal relationships is known as Emotional Intelligence (EQ). As such understanding the influence that behaviour has on others is an attribute of EQ. There is much written about the linkages between EQ and leadership effectiveness.

Andrea Ovens, for the Harvard Business Review outlines how EQ leads to increases in productivity, motivation and engagement. Further Daniel Goleman’s book Emotional Intelligence covers the value of EQ for fostering good social interactions and helping to empathise more through better understanding of the situations of others.

And the Harvard Business Review study of 84 US companies on the attributes of compassion and forgiveness held by the CEO, found companies whose CEO has these characteristics outperformed their peers by almost 500%.

Yet EQ is in disproportionate levels across the leadership population with human physiology the major cause. According to The Neuroscience of Leadership (Rock & Schwartz), the brain is wired to act on autopilot as much as possible, hence behaviour derived from experiences, education, parental influence, values and beliefs become “built in”.

The brain tries to conserve as much energy as possible and looks to create habits to minimise energy and think less. When a behavioural habit forms it is sent to the subconscious making it an automated behaviour. When leaders only work on autopilot, it takes conscious effort to be self-aware of their behaviour. In today’s time-poor world, autopilot rules.

But when leaders have a thorough understanding of their behaviour and how it contributes to the circum­stances and impact on those they lead, and the subsequent flow on effect to things like culture, their influence is increased.

Becoming self-aware through regular reflection can build awareness of subconscious behaviour as well as have a broader positive impact. Meier, Cho and Dumani (2015) in the Journal of Organizational Behaviour, found that “work reflection was associated with an increase in affective wellbeing, with regard to both positive and neg­ative moods.”

In addition, research on productivity conducted by Stefano, Gino, Pisano and Staats for Harvard Business School, found that a mere 15 minutes of reflection each day can increase performance by 23%.

The downside of reflection is that it can be confronting, as it involves looking at behaviours that may not always be positive. It means at times having to admit that flaws are present which is uncomfortable and cause feelings of vulnerability.

In Jennifer Porter’s article for Harvard Business Review, ‘Why you should make time for self-reflection (even if you hate doing it)’, she concludes that leaders often don’t understand the process, don’t like the process, don’t like the results, have an over bias towards action rather than thinking, and can’t see a good return on investment from reflection.

But taking the time to reflect on behaviour and the impact it has on others provides an opportunity to create meaning, and from meaning comes learning.

Self-awareness through reflection must be part of the daily routine and a recurrent leadership activity to provide a continual loop of improvement. In so doing leaders can set a positive example, increase wellbeing and boost productivity, all without saying a word.

Wendy Born is the author of The Languages of Leadership (Major Street Publishing).

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AI Simulation

What’s it like to be a CEO? Find out from Dr Marko Kesti, founder and CEO of PlayGain, an AI simulation learning games for leadership development.

CEO Show is a podcast series that interviews CEO’s from various industries to gain leadership insights from their perspective of leading an organisation.

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Dwayne Johnson

In the first episode of this unique series, Roshan Thiran examines the leadership journey of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, from his failed footballing career to becoming one of Hollywood’s highest paid actors. 

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Be A Leader is a series that looks into the lives of historic, popular and even famous leaders from all walks of life. For more similar podcasts, listen here.

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What Happened To Mourinho?

In the inaugural episode of football and leadership, Roshan Thiran revisits his article back in 2013 when Jose Mourinho was arguably one of the best football managers around. Fast forward to 2019, and he has been sacked from his last two managerial positions. What happened to Mourinho?

Watch the corresponding video to Roshan’s article in 2013.

Win Like Mourinho | Season 1 episode 20 - Be a Leader - YouTube

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Predictions for 2019

Explore corporate governance and compliance with Trident’s CEO, Dr Mark Lovatt as Roshan Thiran hosts this series. In the inaugural episode, Mark makes his predictions on the trends in the governance space of Malaysia in 2019.

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Thank you for sharing in the moments of leadership through our articles and videos. Now, we look forward to connecting with you through our very own podcast as well. Gain insights from different spaces in the industry through various series, designed to develop the leader in you.

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It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both. Niccolo Machiavelli

Founder and CEO of Leaderonomics, Roshan Thiran speaks to For The Win (FTW) host, Melisa Idris on this long-standing Machiavellian predicament that leaders face in their daily dealings with their teams.

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RELATED: Check out Exploring the Leadership Legacy of Datuk Dr Fowzi for an example of a great Malaysian leader who was loved by many.

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Dwayne Johnson

In the first episode of this unique series, Roshan Thiran examines the leadership journey of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, from his failed footballing career to becoming one of Hollywood’s highest paid actors. 

RELATED: Click here to the read the full article.

Be A Leader is a series that looks into the lives of historic, popular and even famous leaders from all walks of life. For more similar podcasts, listen here.

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By NAND KISHORE CHAUDHARY

Work is love made visible. And if you can’t work with love, but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of the people who work with joy. – Khalil Gibran

Love what you do and do what you love is another way of expressing the above quote by the famous poet. We all want to find joy and passion in our work, but often this does not happen. It is the attitude of many people that work is drudgery and a burden that has to be done.

No one should have to live life with this sort of negativity. Unfortunately, though, the attitude of both employers and employees contribute to this mindset to some degree.

When leaders fail to create a culture based on love, then workers will not find their true passion. Instead, they will feel undervalued and overwhelmed.

Employees today are looking for more than a paycheque. They want to be associated with organisations that care and do meaningful work. It used to be that workers would come in, put in their 40 hours, go home, return the next day and repeat the process.

However, the younger generation that is entering the workforce needs more than work. They want meaning and authenticity. The only way to get this is to infuse love into everything you do.

This may sound naïve, but I have made sure that love is the basis for everything that my organisation does. People are often confused by the way I operate my business. They cannot fathom the idea of putting progress over profits. This is a prevailing attitude among many businesses.

Companies that operate in the traditional manner are worried about making money and pleasing shareholders. This is the old, outdated way of thinking. The future of organisations is consciousness and compassion.

Plain old products are no longer good enough for consumers, who want to make sure that they are not having a negative impact on society. This change in attitude has been a long time coming but it is very welcome.

When we use love and consciousness as the basis for all our decisions, it leads to a kind of purity and honesty that is priceless.

Leading with love means respecting everyone and treating others with dignity. It is really very simple.

When someone is treated badly repeatedly, they eventually feel dehumanised and invisible – it is as if they don’t exist, simply because someone at a higher level feels it is okay to abuse them.

Read on: Ignoring Bad Behaviour At Work Will Cost You

But think about the type of negativity this propels into the universe. When the abused person goes home and is frustrated, he or she may continue the cycle and treat a friend or family member the same.

Treating people respectfully costs nothing and takes little effort. All you should do is change your attitude and approach everything from a place of love. Once you do this, the love at work will be made visible.

    Nand Kishore Chaudhary is the founder, chairman and managing director of Jaipur Rugs. He founded the company a few decades ago with nine artisans, and now benefits 40,000 artisans across 600 villages in India. Jaipur Rugs are exported to over 40 countries worldwide. To connect with him, email editor@leaderonomics.com. 

Reposted with permission on Leaderonomics.com.

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What Happened To Mourinho?

In the inaugural episode of football and leadership, Roshan Thiran revisits his article back in 2013 when Jose Mourinho was arguably one of the best football managers around. Fast forward to 2019, and he has been sacked from his last two managerial positions. What happened to Mourinho?

Watch the corresponding video to Roshan’s article in 2013.

Win Like Mourinho | Season 1 episode 20 - Be a Leader - YouTube

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