There are many pieces to the puzzle that draws all the elements together for successful leadership. For leaders, having emotional intelligence is a key piece of the puzzle for success. After all, who is more likely to succeed – a leader who shouts at his team when he’s under stress, or a leader who remains in self-control, and calmly assesses the situation?
Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to understand and manage both your own emotions, and those of the people around you. People with a high degree of emotional intelligence usually know what they’re feeling, what this means, and how their emotions can affect other people.
According to Daniel Goleman, an American psychologist who helped make the idea of EI popular, there are five main elements of emotional intelligence:
- Self-awareness– If you’re self-aware, you always know how you feel. And you know how your emotions, and your actions, can affect the people around you. Being self-aware when you’re in a leadership position also means having a clear picture of your strengths and weaknesses. And it means having humility.
- Self-regulation– Leaders who regulate themselves effectively rarely verbally attack others, make rushed or emotional decisions, stereotype people, or compromise their values. Self-regulation is all about staying in control. This element of emotional intelligence, according to Goleman, also covers a leader’s flexibility and commitment to personal accountability
- Motivation- Self-motivated leaders consistently work toward their goals. And they have extremely high standards for the quality of their work
- Empathy- For leaders, having empathy is critical to managing a successful team or organization. Leaders with empathy have the ability to put themselves in someone else’s situation. They help develop the people on their team, challenge others who are acting unfairly, give constructive feedback, and listen to those who need it. If you want to earn the respect and loyalty of your team, then show them you care by being empathic.
- Social skills –Leaders who do well in this element of emotional intelligence are great communicators. They’re just as open to hearing bad news as good news, and they’re experts at getting their team to support them and be excited about a new mission or project. Leaders who have good social skills are also good at managing change and resolving conflicts diplomatically. They’re rarely satisfied with leaving things as they are, but they’re also not willing to make everyone else do the work. They set the example with their own behavior.
The more that you, as a leader, manage each of these areas, the higher your emotional intelligence. So, if you are wanting more help in any of these areas, contact Ascend Business Strategies and we will be glad to assist you in any way we can! You can reach us at: 1-866-549-0434
Until next time, Lead on! Rod