Last Updated Mar 21, 2010 11:23 PM EDT
According to Melbourne Business School professor Ian Williamson and organizational psychologist Carol Gill, people who practice "psychological flexibility," or have the ability to separate themselves from their emotions, emerge as respected team leaders in co-managed groups. Those who get angry have a harder time getting their ideas approved by the team.
While there's a certain common sense component to this research -- people usually respond more positively to colleagues who aren't yelling at them, after all -- there are additional factors at play determining why those who can detach emotionally emerge as team leaders.
"Individuals with high psychological flexibility have more attention resources to notice how much control they have in any given situation," said Gill in an MBS press release. "Because they engage in less avoidant behavior, through trial and error, they also better learn how they can effectively use this control. This equips them to better influence the team's objectives, task behavior, group maintenance and culture."
How do you act in team situations? Do you think it's OK to let your anger show, or do you practice psychological flexibility? Weigh in below or leave a comment.
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