Emotion Regulation and Its Implications for Leadership

Run down Forbes’ list of 15 things successful leaders do every day–create an approachable environment, challenge people to think, maintain positive energy and attitude–and you’ll find much that relates to successful management of one’s emotions. In today’s rapidly changing business environment, this skill may be more important than ever. A new article in the Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies reviews the current literature on emotion regulation and outlines an agenda for future research, providing practical implications for leaders:

JLOS_72ppiRGB_150pixWGiven the fact that change is the norm, leading in a changing and dynamic context requires efficient ER. Leaders with a conscious approach to ER may be better able to solve problems, handle diversity, and avoid rigidity in decision making by counteracting old habits, anxieties, or fears (Kets de Vries, 2006), thus enhancing creativity and openness to challenges…Leaders should therefore be willing to develop and empower others as leaders, not just create submissive followers, enhancing the followers’ use of reappraisal and naturally felt emotions.

Click here to continue reading the article, “Emotion Regulation and Its Implications for Leadership: An Integrative Review and Future Research Agenda,” published in the Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies by Annie Haver, Kristin Akerjordet and Trude Furunes, all of the University of Stavanger, Norway. Click here to sign up for e-alerts so you don’t miss out on more new research from the journal.

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About Cynthia Nalevanko, Senior Editor, SAGE Publishing

Founded in 1965, SAGE is the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. Known for our commitment to quality and innovation, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students across a broad range of subject areas. With over 1500 employees globally from principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC, and Melburne, our publishing program includes more than 1000 journals and over 900 books, reference works and databases a year in business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine. Believing passionately that engaged scholarship lies at the heart of any healthy society and that education is intrinsically valuable, SAGE aims to be the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. This means playing a creative role in society by disseminating teaching and research on a global scale, the cornerstones of which are good, long-term relationships, a focus on our markets, and an ability to combine quality and innovation. Leading authors, editors and societies should feel that SAGE is their natural home: we believe in meeting the range of their needs, and in publishing the best of their work. We are a growing company, and our financial success comes from thinking creatively about our markets and actively responding to the needs of our customers.

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