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Pay attention to your emotions:

Emotions are critical to everything a leader must do: build trust, strengthen relationships, set a vision, focus energy, get people moving, make tradeoffs, make tough decisions, and learn from failure. Without genuine emotion these things always fall flat and stall. You need emotion on the front end to inform prioritization. You need it on the back end to motivate and inspire.

Take time to understand what you're feeling:

My advice to all leaders is to pay attention to your emotions. At least a couple times a week, stop for 10 minutes and ask yourself, "What am I feeling right now?" Write it down if you can. Keeping a regular journal is a helpful way to understand how you're feeling.

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