Pay Attention to Attention
Rich Hua stashed this in Emotional Intelligence
Stashed in: Attention
He has too many links in that post -- they're distracting!
Here's the main point:
“Cognitive control” is the technical expression for employing our capacity for top-down attention -- an essential aspect of self-awareness.
In leaders, cognitive control is paramount to leadership competencies like self-management – the ability to focus on a goal and the discipline to pursue it despite distractions and setbacks. Interestingly, the same neural framework that allows for intense pursuit of goals also manages unruly emotions.
Strong cognitive control is therefore present in leaders who remain calm in emergencies, subdue their agitation, and can recover quickly from defeat.