When celebrated South African Psychologist, Dr Susan David was fifteen, her father died of cancer and she didn't skip a beat. She was her usual positive self, masking her shock and heartbreak until her English teacher handed her a blank notebook and told her to "write what you're feeling, tell the truth and write like no one is reading". This simple act of someone really 'seeing' her and bearing witness to her pain shaped her life and her extraordinary career.

How we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters: who we are as leaders, our actions and behaviours, our careers and the corporate cultures we foster, our relationships, health and happiness. And yet, culturally, we prize positivity over emotional truth, which robs us of the ability to be emotionally agile.

Agile Leadership
If last year was all about being resilient, we're now being asked to step up and step into being courageous, emotionally agile leaders, which may sound like a tall order! Dr David's work offers us a deeply insightful, powerful lens into the psychological skills we all need to thrive in times of complexity and change. I trust you enjoy all of this as much as I did.

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Brené Brown, Conscious Leadership, Emotional Agility, Resilience, Susan David PhD, The Dangers of Toxic Positivity


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