“The tension in the room was so thick you could cut it with a knife.”

Tension, stress, excitement, gratitude …these words all represent ways of being that people can feel just by being in the same room with someone who is broadcasting them.

What we call “feelings” aren’t just internal sensations, they are also actually external electromagnetic broadcasts into the surrounding environment produced by the human heart*. 

I simply call them moods. 

Your mood is perhaps the most influential aspect of your being. Have you ever been in an office where everyone is in a relatively good mood when, all of a sudden, someone in a really bad mood comes in and brings the whole office down? Or the reverse where the people in an office are all stressed and grumpy until someone in a really great mood comes in and turns the whole office around? 

I’m sure you have. 

As a leader, your mood has a subtle but powerfully influential impact upon others. 

When you manage your mood, you manage your influence.

When you manage your influence, you manage your team’s potential.

“Your brain at positive is 31% more productive than your brain at negative, neutral, or stressed”. 

-Shawn Achor

So, how skilled are you at managing your mood? Want to get better at it?

A QUICK TIP: Check your mood before engaging with others. It sets the tone for your interaction. If it’s ‘off’ and less than positive, take a moment to breathe deep and slow 3 times, exhaling longer than inhaling, and set an intention for how you want others to feel when they’re around you. Your mood can be used as a powerful tool for elevating your team’s potential. 

For more tips on enhancing the quality of your influence, please visit newayz.ca/fst and check out The Foundation of Successful Teams™ training system. We’re helping teams to consistently improve culture, engagement, and proficiency over time.

(*Research done by the Institute of Heartmath – more info: click here)