Alzati Leadership Blog by Susan Ann Darley

As a leader…


There’s no doubt about it – whether you’re in the boardroom or on the battlefield, you are faced with stressful situations, many of which call for sudden and insightful decision-making.


However, if a situation provokes you, causing an internal panic, you will quickly see it as a difficulty. You will then lose your ability to make a sound decision. Throw into the mix that you carry unresolved insecurities, you run the danger of having even greater stress levels that can lead to poor decisions.


Leadership excellence cannot take place if your carry habitual stress. The weight of stress is caused by carrying fears which are magnified by your emotions. When your fears rule you, they affect your clarity, focus, concentration and patience.


Emotional Intelligence


As a leader you need a strong level of emotional maturity. You need to know how to remain calm and clear-headed in the eye of the storm. With that accomplished, you can receive clear guidance for the best possible outcome.


Learn how to quiet your emotional state of being. First, slow down. As you do, you can redirect your mind from the frantic activity of the external world. Secondly, begin taking long, slow deep breaths. Thirdly, practice listening within. In addition to feeling calmer, your fears will lessen their grip on you. 


Your newfound self-awareness will connect you to the deepest part of you. There you will enjoy peace of mind. What was once perceived as a difficulty will now be a challenge to be met and solved.  Most importantly, you will be guided every step of the way towards the best solution for all involved.




With dedicated practice and the willingness to increase your self-awareness you will achieve numerous benefits that will positively impact your leadership proficiency and your ability to meet every challenge.


In conclusion, when you develop the ability to go deeper and higher within yourself, you will find a safety zone from the difficulties of life. You will welcome all challenges, knowing that, no matter what, they can be successfully met with inner resolve and vision.


“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions,
and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out  to be  a leader
but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”

~ Douglas MacArthur, United States Army General


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