Many of us find it really difficult to connect with ourselves as well as with others. The reason is we lack a critical level of Emotional Intelligence (EI). EI is the ability to identify, use, understand, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict.
When it comes to success in relationships, career and personal goals, EI matters just as much as IQ. EI is the ability to recognize and understand what others are experiencing emotionally. This ability further influences your connect with your team.
Beyond the traditional leadership roles and responsibilities, today’s workplace uncertainty requires leaders to be much more sensitive about what matters most to their employees. Many leaders assume that their team has the same urge to succeed and willingness to sacrifice in order to advance as they do. Every individual is different and leaders must be more mindful to accept those differences and strategically leverage them to create and sustain unique opportunities within their departments and for the business.
For leaders having EI is essential for success. These are the five main elements of EI:
The more that you, as a leader, manage each of the above mentioned areas, the higher your emotional intelligence, better is the team performance. Bottom line is leaders must be more emotionally intelligent to be more effective and efficient at achieving the organization success.
Leaders must have a firm understanding of how their emotions and actions affect the people around them. The better a leader relates to and works with the team, the more successful he or she will be which will in turn be reflected in the success of the organization as a whole.
In the business world so much emphasis has been placed on intellect. Intellect has been proven invaluable to drive success in business. Process and procedures based on maths, tools, analysis, logic, and strategy are critically important. However to get the higher level of competence in business we must blend the progress that we have made in intellect and IQ with the invaluable competencies of EI.
Not only leaders but every individual for that matter should take the time to work on self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. Working on these areas will help each to excel in the future!