Clear Organizational Structure

This courageous style of leadership is the immune system of an organization, which hinges on responding head-on to real (as opposed to imagined) threats and opportunities. As an Affect Leader you foster a mature and diverse team through encouraging productive conflict and facilitating genuine resolution, because facing, and resolving, challenge is the definition of the growth process. It is how your teams evolve to become stronger and more resilient over time.

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Emotional Positioning System

Emotions are a wealth of information and contain deep wisdom about the world around us.  They are part of a natural process that has guided humans successfully for thousands of years. Most of all, as I discussed in the previous post, emotions are part of us whether we like it or not.

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What is Affective Leadership?

Why Affective? No, it’s not a typo! Affective leadership is a unique style of leading that understands the human factors that drive thoughts, emotions, and behavior, which is essential for developing effective teams. Affect, or emotion, is a key part to being human. In fact, it might be exactly what makes us human. There is predictable logic to the emotional process that drives us. Think of it like other natural laws. However, this key factor is often only a side thought, or completely ignored, in the boon of leadership advice and consultation available today. This common oversight dooms leaders to temporary situational wins, only to have their team consistently devolve back to problematic, albeit protective, patterns of interaction. Affective leadership empowers leaders to stop chasing the symptoms and to start evolving their teams, at a foundational level, into high functioning organizations.

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