Improve Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence
A good leader doesn’t just deal in facts and figures; they deal in people and human emotions too. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is an often-overlooked but crucial skill for the successful management of staff. EQ represents a range of skills that include perceiving the emotions of others, understanding their behaviour, being able to reason with them, and being able to effectively influence them. In holding the team together through tough times, and creating a lasting sense of trust in the leader, strong emotional intelligence is essential for the benefit of the work environment.
Measuring Emotional Intelligence
There are a number of tests that can measure emotional intelligence, ranging from written tests that analyze awareness and problem solving through to ability-based tests where practical emotion-reading skills are examined. Some people are naturally emotionally prescient and aware, while others may have to work to develop their senses. EQ has a defined skill set that can be quantified and measured, and through proper training can be developed and improved upon. Learning to manage people without them feeling as if they are being micro-managed, building natural influence and trust, and creating a strong long-term rapport between staff are skills that will optimise any business practice.
Developing Emotional Intelligence in Your Leaders
As a skill set, emotional intelligence can be developed in a number of ways. Short courses cover it in a general sense, however if you are looking for a more specific approach to your business and your leaders, an executive coaching service can help you pin-point where you can benefit from EQ development. Executive coaching can assist with an honest assessment of what’s working and what needs to improve in order to achieve your leadership development aspirations and commercial goals.
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