When I was in my first job, I was upset by something at work. A strong woman who had been there for years could tell I was upset and said to me “Girl, you keep your game face on and you never let them see you cry. You go and cry in your car if you need to, but in here, you stay strong.” For years, I believed that the only way to be seen as a professional and a strong woman was to pretend I didn’t have emotions, to never cry. But I’ve learned that it’s not about hiding emotion at work, it’s about harnessing emotions. Your emotions and emotional intelligence are one of your superpowers at work. Instead of pushing them down, here are 4 ways to use your emotions at work.
Running to the bathroom or your car to cry may feel more professional or at least hide you from feeling vulnerable. It’s ok to want to cry alone. But examine what is making you cry. Are you able to adjust something so you don’t feel this way in the future? Or is it a conversation you need to have when you’re ready? Use these 4 tips to help you harness those emotions and use your superpower for good.
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