Executive Maturity

Executive Maturity

When dealing with people, remember that you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.
– Dale Carnegie

Effective leaders demonstrate executive maturity – sound action, behavior and judgment – on a consistent basis. Executive maturity involves managing emotions and relationships during periods of ambiguity, pressure and uncertainty. It involves representing multiple points-of-view without bias to reach the best conclusions. It also involves providing needed perspective or a voice of reason in difficult or contentious situations. Executive maturity need not come with age, but through self-awareness and -control, especially of/over one’s emotions.

There are five levels of emotional control related to executive maturity. They include: 1) No emotional control. 2) Unpredictable emotional control. 3) Emotional control is maintained, but without constructive action or behavior. 4) Emotional control is maintained with constructive action and behavior. 5) Emotional control is consistently demonstrated over self and with others. Leaders with level four and five emotional control focus on facts, not emotions. They use questions to gather objective data to define reality. By staying objective, they gain clarity.

Leaders with executive maturity are self-aware of their own feelings, thoughts and values. They practice self-control to manage their emotional reactions and triggers across circumstances and situations. They also understand the reasons behind other peoples’ behavior, even when that behavior is complex or subtle. While knowledge and skill help to make good decisions, it is their interpersonal effectiveness that enables them to be good leaders. The more leaders learn to manage their emotions, the greater they increase their influence with others.

All contents copyright © 2012, Josh Lowry. All rights reserved.

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8 Responses to Executive Maturity

  1. Glen Jennson says:

    A very helpful post. A useful framework for managing one’s emotions as an executive.

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  2. Stein Kuehler says:

    Great article on the experience and skill need to advance to the executive rank.

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  3. Branden Bucheli says:

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  4. Carolina Zelkin says:

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  5. Olie Johns says:

    Great post!

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  6. Deon Hipwell says:

    OMG, this is the best! Thanks for posting this article.

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  7. Rubin Perone says:

    SO helpful! THANKS for writing!

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  8. Chance Soliz says:

    This is a topic that is near to my heart … Take care! Where are your contact details though?

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