Does John Boehner need executive coaching? On election night, presumptive new speaker of the House, John Boehner, choked up as he told the world: “I’ve spent my whole life chasing the American dream.” His voice trembled as he shared, “I started out mopping floors, waiting tables, and tending bar at my dad’s tavern. I put myself through school working every rotten job there was and night shift I can find. And I poured my heart and soul into running a small business,” Boehner wept. “And when I saw how out-of-touch Washington had become with the core values of this great nation, I put my name forward and ran for office.””
Commentators differed in their reactions. Some remarked that Mr. Boehner’s emotional speech enabled everyday Americans to better connect with him, while others mocked his inability to keep it together.
Abraham Lincoln cried on the stump. Bob Dole often cried in public, and Bill Clinton also shed tears. So is there an appropriate standard of emotional mastery for political leaders? When should seasoned politicians hold back their tears? What level of emotional intelligence should we expect from them? And where does Optimal Thinking fit it?
We have the best chance of meeting our needs when we think, feel, and give our best. Optimal Thinking is the vehicle that enables us to call forth our highest self to best meet our needs, achieve what is most important, and make the most of our feelings.
During Optimal Thinking Executive Coaching, leaders learn to accept, understand, and best resolve their feelings. Instead of being overpowered by their feelings, suppressing, denying or judging them, they employ feelings as optimization signals to point the best way forward.
Emotional Mastery: The Optimal Thinking Way is easily learned, instantly applied, and does not require a leap of faith.