The Role of Emotions at Work

As you read through chapter 2 Onward, you will quickly realize that Elena Aguilar makes a pretty compelling argument for understanding emotions. She shares her thoughts about when she first began understanding emotions in some of the schools she was working in: “As I learned about emotions and integrated new approaches into my work as an instructional coach, I became more effective as a coach. I also felt better at work, had more energy, and, as a side benefit, found myself more skilled at responding to conflict in my personal life. I learned that neither my emotions nor those of others would consume me. I learned that it was easier than I’d assumed to manage my emotions and help others manage theirs. I learned that we deserve to have conversations about our emotions. For the sake of fulfilling our purpose as educators, it is imperative that we be brave enough to have these conversations.”

How might your professional and personal life be different if you had a greater understanding of emotions? Listen to this podcast to get another perspective on how emotions play a role in the workplace. The podcast is a conversation between Knowledge@Wharton and the author of Emotional Success: The Power of Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride, David DeSteno. In the conversation they discuss how emotions not only give you grit, but they also give you grace. Listen to discover what makes google’s most successful teams.

Think of all that is possible in your life as you learn to understand emotions.