In our article on emotional intelligence, we explained what it is and showed you why EI is a great skill to have a great career. But in your workplace, the person who leads by example is the boss, so in this article, we’ll show you why IE is the skill you need to be a good leader.The role of emotional intelligence in leadership and how to develop it
It doesn’t matter if you are a boss or aspire to be one. It’s never too late to develop IE.
Reminder, what is emotional intelligence?
Emotional intelligence gets defined as the ability to understand and control our emotions. In working relationships, emotional intelligence is crucial, as it allows you to create a career and work experience built on understanding and professionalism.
Technical skills and intelligence alone are no longer enough to be good at work and even more so to be a good leader.
The four components of emotional intelligence in a leader:
To bring out the best in others, you must bring out the best in yourself.
Awareness helps you as a leader not to convey a reaction but a response. By evaluating the employee and the issue, you manage to translate the reaction caused by the feeling of the moment into an answer not influenced by instinct.
These techniques help you to structure the information and direct your focus to the roots of the problem.
Importance of IE for leaders:
Emotional intelligence helps you understand your impact on the people you work with. As we said at the beginning of this article, a good leader leads by example, meaning that a great leader invests in emotional intelligence, not only in himself but in the work environment. Emotional intelligence helps you make better decisions under pressure, recognize the feelings of others, and understand their emotional states.
How can you make it your own and develop it?
One way to develop emotional intelligence is to do the 360-degree assessment, where after collecting the impressions of colleagues, you can point out your strengths and weaknesses.
Emotional intelligence gets achieved by first cultivating it in yourself through assessments. You can then use this practice of reflection to understand the interpersonal skills of the people you are looking to hire.
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