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6 Characteristics that Will Make You an Emotionally Strong Leader

I bet you’ve done your fair share of leadership training, haven’t you?

You learned how to delegate. You bought that productivity book. You went to that negotiation seminar and took that management course. Good job!

But there’s one aspect of becoming a great leader that most of us never even think about, much less develop.

And that’s our emotional health.

We can barely bring ourselves to admit it for fear of appearing weak, but in our quiet moments we know that leading a company packs an emotional punch: the stress of the day-to-day, the pressure to succeed, the isolation at the top, and the strangeness of managing an image (just to name a few).

It’s a heavy burden to keep inside, and as a result, a lot of us have built thriving businesses while our inner lives crumble.

No wonder so many leaders end up with relationship and substance abuse problems.

Our emotional fitness as leaders has the power to forge great cultures, families, and communities — or utterly destroy them. That’s why I’m grateful to have Miles Adcox joining me for this week’s episode of the Building a Story Brand podcast. He’s the director of the therapeutic retreat center Onsite, and he’s been helping leaders with this unique burden for over a decade.

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