Focus

December 20, 2013

We’ve all been told, to succeed we need to focus, focus, focus. Author and psychologist, Daniel Goleman talks about how leaders actually need three kinds of focus.

  1. Self-awareness, inner focus, to self-control emotions to manage and recover from stress and to focus on goals.
  2. Empathy, other focus, to read other people accurately and to inspire, motivate, and influence others.
  3. Systems awareness, outer focus, to understand the bigger picture and form smart strategies.

Goleman says high-achievers need all three kinds of focus, and in his book, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, explains how techniques like mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connections, and mental tips to improve habits help us excel.

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