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.
- Self-awareness, inner focus, to self-control emotions to manage and recover from stress and to focus on goals.
- Empathy, other focus, to read other people accurately and to inspire, motivate, and influence others.
- 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.