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How to Lead With Restraint in Politics or Business

How to Lead With Restraint in Politics or Business

By    |   Monday, 19 August 2019 10:22 AM

When asked if President Donald Trump is a white supremacist, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says, “Yes,” without hesitation. Former Vice President Joe Biden publicly claims the president is “openly racist.” In a recent interview with CNN, Beto O’Rourke claims, “anyone who votes for Trump is racist.”

With a tweet, President Trump replied to the accusation with, “The Dems new weapon is actually their old weapon, one which they never cease to use when they are down, or run out of facts, RACISM! They are truly disgusting!”

The art of dispute and common civility in handling our different opinions and points of view may often be excused during a presidential election, but within your organization or company such behavior in leadership will not get you or your team ahead.

As leaders in any arena, when faced with conflict the easiest human response often falls to generalized labels and name-calling to get ahead. The biggest test of your leadership will be the very moments that provoke you to belittle those around you. But such behavior shouldn’t be given room in affecting how you lead.

Here are 5 ways to lead with composure and restraint among conflict as a leader:

  1. Don’t take it personally. The moment we take things personally we lose our ability to maintain our composure. Name-calling and making sweeping statements inevitably will happen when you take anything too personally. Rather than reacting when things don’t go your way, remember it’s not personal.
  2. Lead with empathy. Above all, your emotional awareness in the room will be most powerful in how you lead others. Being able to stop and listen to your team can effectively increase your communication. A little bit of empathy can go a long way to reshape the behaviors and overall culture of your workplace.
  3. Cultivate a character of consistency. Maintain trustworthiness in your leadership by remaining assertive and confident in your decision-making. Let your yes be yes, and your no be no. While you must not allow your emotions to get the best of you, you want to lead in a confidence and self-assurance that isn’t easily affected or flustered by others.
  4. Also maintain agility. While you must remain assertive, it is never healthy to be so rigid that you can’t budge for the benefit of your team. In leading with empathy and character, there must be room for agility, patience and allowing space for people to grow.
  5. Know when to turn off the lights and head home. Know when to shut the door to a situation, close a conversation or bring an end to a meeting that is not able to be resolved within that moment. Leading with composure sometimes means just hitting pause and going home. Often what is needed in resolving a conflict and keeping our wit, is simply knowing when to call it a day.

While most can agree generalized, blanket statements are the bane of our nation, somehow these reactions can easily find their way into leadership. In the heat of the moment, such as in the midst of a presidential election, common emotional intelligence seems to fly out the door.

Although just because uncivil behavior is somehow tolerated in civic political elections, it doesn’t mean it should have a place in civil leadership.

Dr. Kent Ingle serves as the President of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, and is the author of "Framework Leadership." A champion of innovative educational design, Ingle is the president of one of the fastest growing private universities in the nation. As president, Ingle founded the American Center for Political Leadership at the university and is also a founding member of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. Before becoming Southeastern’s president in 2011, Ingle held leadership positions in higher education and the nonprofit sector in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle. Ingle is the author of several leadership books and the creator of the Framework Leadership podcast. He currently serves on the board of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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Although just because uncivil behavior is somehow tolerated in civic political elections, it doesn’t mean it should have a place in civil leadership.
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