Ways to find more meaning in your work (and life) and make the most of your career What sets great leaders apart from other managers? ESADE Associate Professor Josep F. MÓria reveals some of the qualities that make a great leader in his latest book 'Getting to the Heart of Things'. The publication is a collection of tips that can help leaders - and anyone else interested in self knowledge - to find more meaning in their work and in their professional careers. "Deep down, everyone wants to find the meaning to life. Life can bring brief moments of happiness, something it can be dull and repetitive, and may even seem to lack meaning altogether during rough patches," says MÓria. "The book aims to help people to find more meaning in their lives by revealing clues and encouraging open questions that can trigger awareness and positive change within." Good leaders know when they can take their masks off and see both their best and worst traits 6 qualities that make great leaders 1. Self-demanding attitude A self-demanding attitude is good for getting results but it can also create frustration, dissatisfaction and unhappiness. A great leader is aware of this risk and knows how to balance his demands and reformulate his/her purpose and lifestyle. 2. Learning from failure Great leaders accept failure. They know how to ask themselves the right questions about what triggered their failure and how to use that mistake as a learning opportunity. 3. Authenticity Children are the greatest example of authenticity because they do not wear a mask. As we grow older, wearing a mask becomes something of a social requirement. Good leaders know when they can take their masks off and see both their best and worst traits. Great leaders accept failure and know how to use their mistakes as learning opportunities 4. Acceptance When something bad happens to us, we tend to fall prey to negative emotions. Great leaders know how to deal with these negative thoughts and accept them, thus avoiding frustration and anger. 5. Empathy Putting yourself in other people's shoes can be emotionally exhausting. Great leaders empathise with others yet they also know how to separate themselves from others' emotions. Basically, one cannot help others if one succumbs to their negative thoughts. 6. Take the long view If you were about to die, would you be happy about what you have done in life or would you have regrets? To achieve happiness both at work and in life, try to imagine you are 90 years old and how you would like to have lived, then live accordingly.

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6 qualities of great leaders

11/2018

Ways to find more meaning in your work (and life) and make the most of your career


What sets great leaders apart from other managers? ESADE Associate Professor Josep F. MÓria reveals some of the qualities that make a great leader in his latest book 'Getting to the Heart of Things'. The publication is a collection of tips that can help leaders - and anyone else interested in self knowledge - to find more meaning in their work and in their professional careers.


"Deep down, everyone wants to find the meaning to life. Life can bring brief moments of happiness, something it can be dull and repetitive, and may even seem to lack meaning altogether during rough patches," says MÓria.


"The book aims to help people to find more meaning in their lives by revealing clues and encouraging open questions that can trigger awareness and positive change within."


Good leaders know when they can take their masks off and see both their best and worst traits


6 qualities that make great leaders



1. Self-demanding attitude


A self-demanding attitude is good for getting results but it can also create frustration, dissatisfaction and unhappiness. A great leader is aware of this risk and knows how to balance his demands and reformulate his/her purpose and lifestyle.


2. Learning from failure


Great leaders accept failure. They know how to ask themselves the right questions about what triggered their failure and how to use that mistake as a learning opportunity.


3. Authenticity


Children are the greatest example of authenticity because they do not wear a mask. As we grow older, wearing a mask becomes something of a social requirement. Good leaders know when they can take their masks off and see both their best and worst traits.


Great leaders accept failure and know how to use their mistakes as learning opportunities


4. Acceptance


When something bad happens to us, we tend to fall prey to negative emotions. Great leaders know how to deal with these negative thoughts and accept them, thus avoiding frustration and anger.


5. Empathy


Putting yourself in other people's shoes can be emotionally exhausting. Great leaders empathise with others yet they also know how to separate themselves from others' emotions. Basically, one cannot help others if one succumbs to their negative thoughts.


6. Take the long view


If you were about to die, would you be happy about what you have done in life or would you have regrets? To achieve happiness both at work and in life, try to imagine you are 90 years old and how you would like to have lived, then live accordingly.

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MÓria Serrano, Josep F.
Barcelona (Spain): Editorial Claret S.L., 04/2016
225 p.
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