Understanding and being aware of your own emotional state as a leader is crucial because of how it impacts your team, but it’s just as important to be aware of and influence the mood of your team.
In this post we provide some tips for how to do this.
Read your team’s energy
It’s a helpful starting point to understand how your team feel right now.
Do you know what the dominant feeling is?
Over the course of a few meetings, either online or real life, have a go at ‘reading the room’.
Make a mental note of what you feel the the overall mood of the group is, as well as where you would place individuals within the various energy zones.
At Hatching Ideas, we’ve seen many organisations use pulse engagement to surveys as a way to understand and monitor the moral and mood.
Don’t forget to read your own energy
You could also ask a peer to observe how you come across during these sessions. If a problem arose, did you respond with high, negative energy? Do you sense low, negative energy within your team?
The pressures of a business environment means that stress and frustration are likely to be regular features of your day.
Negative emotions can quick spread and subsequently have a damaging effect on team moral and productivity.
So, how can you take control as a leader?
Here are five recommendations:
Helping you reset the tone
With the pressures of navigating a pandemic and the added challenges of working remotely, you may have found the last few months especially difficult within the team and perhaps the overall mood of the team has suffered as a result.
We know how overwhelming it can feel to analyse and adjust your own behaviours if you’re already feeling burnt out.
Although it may feel like a monumental task right now, we can lend you some extra support in getting the whole team back to a positive, empowered state of mind.