Today's workplace is fraught with difficult emotions and tension. As a leader, be sure you deal with those head-on or risk the consequences.
Anger, low morale, depression, lack of interest and fatigue are just a few of the side effects.
And those emotions don't get checked at the door of the workplaceespecially considering work is an increasing source of stress for so many, says Maureen Moriarty, executive coach and founder of Pathways to Change. The cost of ignoring those feelings is highabsenteeism, turnover, and low morale to name few.
Emotional intelligence (the ability to identify and manage emotions) is important for anyone who deals with other people. But as a leader, you have great influence over the morale of others. That's why it's doubly important to develop your own emotional intelligence, and create a work environment where excitement, motivation and enthusiasm have the best chance of growing.
Here's how. (When you're done with the slideshow, be sure to give us your tips on how to relieve stress and how to boost workplace morale.)