Emotional Self-Control: A Primer

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Emotional Self-Control is the ability to keep disruptive emotions and impulses in check, and to maintain your effectiveness under stressful conditions. A critical asset in leadership!

A quick read for anyone who wants to improve their own or their team’s leadership skills, this Primer features thought leaders who are championing research in this field: Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Richard J. Davidson, Vanessa Druskat, and George Kohlrieser.

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Emotional Self-Control is the ability to keep disruptive emotions and impulses in check, and to maintain your effectiveness under stressful or even hostile conditions.

It’s also something that can differentiate great leaders from those with whom it is difficult to work.

Instead of suppressing our emotions, we take notice of them as they emerge, mentally naming or noting them, along with any bodily signals that may accompany how we are feeling in the moment. Having Emotional Self-Control means staying clear-headed and calm, balancing one’s impulses and feelings for the good of the group, or for the good of a given task, mission, or vision.

In Emotional Self-Control: A Primer, Daniel Goleman and colleagues introduce the Emotional Self-Control Competency and describe why it’s essential for quality leadership.

This is the second in a series of Primers that explores each of the 12 Emotional and Social Intelligence Leadership Competencies, with a thorough overview of the Competency Model itself.

Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Richard J. Davidson, Vanessa Druskat, and George Kohlrieser explain Emotional Self-Control from the perspectives of research, psychology, neuroscience, team dynamics, and leadership development.

Here’s what is included:

  • Overview of the Emotional and Social Intelligence Leadership Competency Model
  • Introduction to Emotional Self-Control
  • Emotions in Our Brains and Bodies
  • Emotional Self-Control in Teams
  • How to Develop Emotional Self-Control
  • Staying Calm in a Crisis
  • Training Our Brains for Emotional Self-Control

Whether you are individual looking to elevate your personal performance, a consultant or coach in need of research-based resources, or a head of leadership development in your organization seeking a brief yet informative resource to share with your team, this Primer is for you.

Total length is 60 pages, including citations. Soft cover.

Additional primers in this series are:

Coach and Mentor (forthcoming September 2017)
Conflict Management (forthcoming October 2017)
Teamwork (forthcoming November 2017)
Inspirational Leadership (forthcoming December 2017)

 

About the Authors:

Daniel Golemaninternationally known psychologist and author of Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, and Working with Emotional Intelligence

Richard Davidson, Founder and Chair of the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin–Madison and New York Times bestselling author of The Emotional Life of Your Brain

Vanessa Druskat, internationally recognized expert and consultant on group emotional intelligence and Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Management at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire

Richard BoyatzisProfessor in the Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University and Human Resources at ESADE

George Kohlrieser, organizational and clinical psychologist and Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland

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Weight .08 lbs
Dimensions .3 x 4.25 x 5.5 in
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