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Every manager has his or her own personality and management style. Yet regardless of whether you’re a thoughtful, methodical person with a hands-off management style or a high-energy, hands-on manager, your people look to you to guide them towards your company’s goals on a daily basis. In order to do this, you need them to trust and follow you—and this is more likely to happen if you’re a calm, even-keeled leader.
Calm leaders inspire more trust and perform better
Employees want to know where they stand with their managers. Managers who are calm instead of impulsive, anxious, or prone to anger are more likely to inspire trust or loyalty because their employees know where they stand with them. They know that no matter the issue, they can rely on their leaders to find a way forward without losing their cool. And that goes a long way to inspiring trust and loyalty.
Additionally, in the Los Angeles Times article titled “Staying calm under pressure tells a lot about a leader,” Joyce E.A. Russell reports that according to a study by TalentSmart, 90 percent of top performers demonstrated the ability to manage their emotions and stay calm during stressful times. This illustrates that in order to perform well under pressure, calmness is a prerequisite, as it allows you to think more clearly and choose your actions more carefully.
How to cultivate calmness
Of course, some people are naturally calmer than others. Fortunately, if you’re not naturally an even-keeled person, there are several things you can do to cultivate your ability to remain calm.
Having the ability to remain calm under all circumstances is a powerful tool to have in your management toolbox. It will inspire your people to trust you more while at the same time improving your ability to make better decisions and think more clearly under pressure. And this will stand your management career in good stead.