I recently read an article in the SmartBlog on Leadership about keeping your cool. They expressed how President Obama was pretty much born and brought up with the ability to always keep his cool. They state that he may have learned this from being under so much pressure, stress, and negativity from his time living in Indonesia when kids used to pick on him for being darker than themselves. They state that even when the president is under as much pressure as he is under, he always remains cooler than a cucumber.
They gave some tips on how we can keep our cool in our everyday lives and learn how to not show our true emotions when the pressure is on:
- Breathe deeplyIn the heat of the moment, we have a tendency to breath rapidly. When the pressure is on, take a deep breath. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. Not only will it help to slow down your breathing, but I'm pretty sure it gives you time to think about what you need to say and not what you want to say in the heat of the moment.
- Relax your facial musclesTension is evident on our faces [when we're stressed]. Be conscious of how you look. Rub your cheeks and flex them, smile when appropriate, and if that fails think of something that makes you laugh or feel good.
- Keep your voice lowerWhen tension rises, people speak more quickly and with more emotion...also the pitch in our voice rises. Speak slower and lower the pitch to project seriousness without tension.
The best quote I read from them was, "Composure is a desired leadership attribute. It's a symbol of strength when the heath is on."
Check out the entire article on Smartblog for Leadership here.
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