Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Successful leaders are inspiring! How exactly do they do it? Is there a magical online course they took over the weekend? Did they have celebrity CEO parents? While no one can guarantee success, one thing all leaders have in common is a high emotional intelligence.
Emotional Quotient (EQ) is defined as the capability of individuals to recognize their own emotions and those of others, while discerning between different feelings and labeling them appropriately. People with high EQ use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and adjust emotions to adapt to environments or to achieve goals.
EQ provides opportunities to learn more about self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management. Perhaps some of these strategies can be useful within your organizations.
  • heart_brain_imageTaking time to recognize emotions can help navigate difficult scenarios. Self-awareness enables you to read and understand your own emotions, and how they can impact work performance and relationships.
  • While it can take more time to keep social awareness a priority, the team will feel invested in your group goals if they feel connected. Social awareness involves empathy and understanding the dynamics of your organization. With social awareness, you can navigate how to make optimal organizational decisions and also best meet the needs of your organization.   
  • Paying attention to relationships will pay off! Relationship management involves inspiring others, developing your team’s strengths, influencing with integrity, listening for constructive changes, and building bonds within your organization.
With the start of 2018, consider focusing an aspect of your organization’s goals around EQ.  You’ll never know just how helpful it could be until you try! 
“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” - Theodore Roosevelt