Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton was agonizing for many who were shocked, left in bewilderment and frustrated with the outcome of the 2016 US elections. I personally felt some level of anguish and realized that I had been emotionally drawn into this race.
Losing leaves many disheartened after going through the different stages of shock, denial, anger, depression and finally acceptance. Elisabeth Kubler–Ross in her book on death and dying identifies 5 similar stages and argues that the 5 stages do not necessary occur in any specific order. Many of us initially react to bad news with shock and denial which is a normal reaction to rationalize the overwhelming emotions within us. Anger arises as the reality sinks in and this is an expression of the inner turmoil as we deal with the new reality. Sadness and regret might arise before we finally get to that place where accept the reality.
Leadership is key as one deals with individuals who are going through the different stages mentioned above no matter the cause. Being disheartened can turn into a downward spiral leading into depression. According to Goleman, although emotions and moods may seem trivial from a business point of view, they are of real consequence for getting work done; as was demonstrated in a Yale study which found that upbeat moods boost cooperation, fairness and business performance.
In conclusion, losing an election, losing a job, breakdown in a relationship or bereavement (to mention but a few) can leave many of us disheartened. It therefore takes leadership to draw attention through vision; create meaning through communication and inspire commitment through contagious optimism.
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