Logic & Emotion in Business

There are at least two aspects of business that are very important. First, leaders should think logically and rationally.

Second, they should always retain emotional stability and look for ways to maintain emotional equilibrium — in all dealings.

As an entrepreneur, big decisions that impact others are and need to be made on a regular basis.

For example, making an employee termination. Decisions such as these may have impact an employee’s well-being in the short and long term.

Decisions like the above warrant delicate care and strong emotional resilience.

Equally important, one should have the capacity to think logically and rationally — understanding when an employee may be underperforming — yet emotionally have the capacity to pull the trigger and never look back.

Sound harsh? It might be.

A wise friend once told me about a conversation he had with a middle manager under his stewardship. She was a young leader and hated to make “tough decisions.”

“Well…” he said, “if you’re going to make it in business you better get used to making hard decisions… and making them often.”

She took his advice, pulled the trigger in that situation, and moved on in her career.

Self reflection: What’s one “tough” decision you can make today? Pulling the trigger today may stimulate new growth for you.

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