The Upside of a Down Mood for a Leader’s Team

What happens in the office when a respected boss is in a bad mood?

An occasional bad mood is normal, healthy, even useful.

an occasional bad mood is normal healthy even useful

The upside of a bad mood:

A bad mood…

  1. Lowers gullibility and increases judgement. You think more critically when you’re in a bad mood.
  2. Improves memory and enables people to better focus on details. Maybe you should get in a bad mood when you have to work on details.
  3. Enhances communication effectiveness. A little sadness makes some people more persuasive.
  4. Increases grit and elevates effort. People in a bad mood tend to try harder than people in a good mood.

An occasional bad mood may be interpreted by team members as dissatisfaction with progress. What happens?

In order to please a respected unhappy leader, people often pour themselves more fully into achieving goals.

If you’d like to learn more about the advantages of a bad mood, read, The Upside of Your Darkside, by Todd Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener.

The upside of a good mood:

When the boss is in a good mood, teams tend to cooperate and coordinate with each other better. They view a good mood as an invitation to get along.

Moods are contagious.

How leaders feel bleeds into the lives of others. This is especially true if the leaders are high status individuals.

Successful leaders monitor and manage the impact of their moods on others. Surprisingly, there are some advantages to not being happy all the time.

Note: An enduring dark mood isn’t an advantage.

How does your leader’s mood impact your performance?