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Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World by Bob Rosen

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Emotional Health

Have you ever been in a business meeting with an executive who makes everything about him? You want to talk about staffing problems, and his contribution is a series of one-liners, such as “That wasn't me who hired her” and “Send him to my department—I'll show him hard work.”

Self-centeredness, bluster, arrogance, ego—these are just some of the signs of someone who is emotionally immature. As people, they are annoying to be around. As leaders, they are a disaster—which is why emotional health is so vital to the roots of healthy leadership.

People experience a full range of emotions; some are stuck on the negative end of the spectrum, hijacked by fear, anger, and anxiety; others swing to excessive positive emotions. Healthy leaders ...

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