Revisiting Tools for Greater Emotional Wellbeing

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Emotional Wellbeing is influenced by many things. Brené Brown, the author, speaker, researcher, podcaster, and creator of the Dare to Lead Workshop, says that emotional health is like a three-legged stool; It’s understanding the connection between what you’re feeling, thinking, and doing.

At Leadership Vision, we find it’s much harder to implement Strengths in an organization when the people, the team, or both aren’t emotionally healthy. Emotional health takes constant work and attention. It’s not a one and done activity.

It reminds of me tuning a guitar.

At the risk of oversimplifying this, a guitar has six independent strings that need to stay in tune if you want your songs to sound like they are supposed to. “Healthy” if you will. The more you play the guitar, the more it needs to be tuned as the process of playing it can cause the strings to go out of tune. Similarly, the less you play, the more susceptible it is to external factors impacting its tune. And sometimes, if you’re like me and don’t always want to take the time to tune it before playing, you just get used to playing your favorite songs slightly out of tune.

I wonder how many of us “play our emotional health” not realizing it’s out of tune? We get used to it sounding a certain way and just settle. Especially during this pandemic, it feels like a lot of extra work to get all six strings to line up and be in tune for any length of time. To extend the metaphor further, maybe each string represents an area of your life: kids/family, work, physical health, finances, whatever. These are all things that can take a toll on our emotional health if we’re not intentional about listening for signs they are “out of tune.”

Like many of you, I’ve experienced this to a degree A LOT over the past year. As I was seeking my own answers to bringing my emotional wellbeing back in tune, I was reminded that Melissa Hiatt (one of our consultants) and I, recorded a podcast in mid-2019 all about emotional health. After I re-listened to it, I realized there were a lot of incredibly relevant and helpful nuggets of wisdom we could all benefit from.

In this episode of the Leadership Vision Podcast, we revisit this topic as I think it’s incredibly relevant for all of us right now. We talk about a few tools to “tune” our emotional health as we reflect on the topics of exploring values, boundaries, vulnerability, being curious, and more of the philosophy from the Dare to Lead workshop which ultimately can help all of us become more courageous leaders.

To be the person who we long to be—we must be vulnerable. We must take off the armor, put down the weapons, show up, and let ourselves be seen.

Dr. Brené Brown

4 Keys to Courageous Leadership

The original episode was a build-up for a Dare to Lead Workshop we were hosting. It’s all about creating courageous leadership, the core of which is emotional wellbeing. The foundational skill set of courage-building is “rumbling with vulnerability.” This focuses on what it means to face risk, uncertainty, and emotional exposure with courage and clarity.

Once we have built these rumbling skills, we can move on to the other three skill sets:

  1. Living into Our Values – how to identify, operationalize, and practice the beliefs that we hold most dearly. Melissa and I both share our own personal values, which to me at least, felt like a very vulnerable thing to do.
  2. Braving Trust is about creating or deepening connections in relationships and teams.
  3. Finally, we touch on the fourth element, Learning to Rise – growing from all the chaotic failures, setbacks, and disappointments that inevitably come when we are brave with our lives.

Melissa and I unpack these ideas and also share examples from our own lives to help you begin this journey for yourself.

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