Tag Emotional intelligence

8 Reasons Why We are Grumpy When Sleepy

English: Managing emotions - Identifying feelings

The following list summarizes the deleterious effects of poor sleep on our emotional intelligence:

  1. When sleep deprived, we are unable to accurately recognize emotions. To make matter worse, negative emotions are more readily recognized than positive ones.
  2. Studies have shown decreased subjective rating of happiness by sleep-deprived people.
  3. Our overactive fear center (Amygdala) exaggerates our fear and anger when sleep deprived.English: MRI coronal view of the amygdala


  4. Sleep deprivation impairs our social interaction and learning because of perception fatigue.
  5. A study from the Neuroscience Lab in Singapore showed that when sleep deprived, we are reactive and not proactive.
  6. Nervousness, irritability, and grumpiness hurt our teamwork.
  7. Impaired self-evaluation resulting from sleep deprivation makes us unaware of our deficits.
  8. Studies have also shown reduced motivation, increased risk taking, and indecisiveness when faced with an ethical dilemma.

Hence, make sure you get 7-8 hours of sound sleep every night. And when you cannot get sound sleep because of unavoidable factors, please beware of these deleterious effects. Smile often, pause before responding, listen more than you talk, and you will be fine.

Sleep Well, Lead Well. God bless you.

Lack of Sleep Promotes Cheating! 5 Tips for Ethical Behavior.

People who cheated in an experiment had slept an average of 22.39 minutes less the night before than non-cheaters, according to research led by Christopher M. Barnes of Virginia Tech. The study, in which cheaters over-reported their scores on a test in order to gain financial advantage, shows that low levels of sleep are associated with unethical behavior. Managers who demand results that require employees to stay up late and miss sleep may be increasing the likelihood that workers will fudge results and engage in other forms of cheating, the researchers suggest.

– From Harvard Business Review June 24, 2011

We all have experienced this. We have been working on this project for a while. The presentation is tomorrow. We feel that our case can be more compelling if we bend the truth a little. We convince ourselves saying that this is in the best interest of the company. What can one do to prevent such unethical behavior? Here are a few tips.

1. Promote sound sleep of sufficient duration in yourself and in your colleagues. Use these Twelve tips for Sound Sleep routinely.

2. Be cognizant of the untoward effect of insufficient sleep on ethical behavior and try to resist that temptation to bend the truth. Use LAMP (Leader’s Alertness Maximization Plan) to maximize alertness even when sleep deprived.

3. A prior study did show that leaders who were high on Emotional Intelligence were able to counteract this effect partially. Work on your Emotional Intelligence (intrapersonal management, interpersonal management, motivation, and social skills.)

4.   Use these 4 tips, and cure procrastination. It is the procrastination that makes you stay up at night prior to the big meeting and then bend the truth, fudge the numbers, or distort the reality in the name of greater good. Avoid it. Worship truth and you will be amazed.

5. And lastly, my all-time favorite, develop a deep and unshakable faith in the Almighty that the truth shall always prevail.

Sleep Well, Lead Well

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