[May 12, 2018] It is often said that those who possess a thick skin are likely to live more satisfying lives and that is more successful too. From research into this area of study, we also see that those who are emotionally sensitive do not make good leaders.
This is long been a question of social inquiry; why do emotionally sensitive people have trouble in leadership positions. One reason is that they are less likely to have a good grasp on controlling their emotions. Experienced leaders will tell you that emotion can never be removed from their own behavior but it is controlled to a point that its impact is less severe.
“You have to grow a thick skin and that only comes with time and learning.” – Karlie Kloss, American model
This quote from American model Karlie Kloss, should come as no surprise to those who are familiar with the entertainment industry. In fact, if you look for quotes from famous singers, artists, and actors, you will quickly discover that they talk about having a tough skill often.
The issue here, and is not to be misunderstood, is that emotion is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it can hurt us by its unpredictability and prohibits us from thinking logically and staying focused. On the other hand, it fuels our desires to do well; often referred to as passion.
Passion is the holy grail of good leadership. It is the driving force behind everything we do whether we are a line cook in a fast-food restaurant or the president of a large company. Those who have it know its immense power and know it provides the motivation to achieve greatness. Those who possess passion will always be at the forefront of any human activity.
Leadership is, of course, difficult. This is one reason that is true. As we have heard many times before, a burning desire is sometimes the only thing that keeps you going when the chips are down.