Why all leaders need to stop dismissing Emotional Intelligence as an unnecessary soft skill.
It’s incredible how often the people who dismiss a development or training tool out of hand are the ones who need it most.
Leaders and managers make constant excuses for why they don’t need to develop their EI, such as:
- I’ve no time for that stuff
- I’m too busy making important decisions
- Sure, I’m already nice to my staff, isn’t that all it is?
- What a load of ol cobblers (yes, really!!)
I’m delighted to say however, that these people are in the minority. Many more managers and employees across the board are recognizing the need to increase their business emotional intelligence.
The reason why I partnered with EBW Global to deliver their training and coaching workshops is because they focus specifically on Business Emotional Intelligence. Find out more at http://www.ebwglobal.com
So why is it so essential to develop your Emotional Intelligence?
Firstly, developing your Emotional Intelligence increases your self-awareness, so you know not only how your behaviours and emotions are impacting on your staff, but visa-versa.
This in turn improves your communication skills so you become better at gauging others’ reactions to your words. Awareness of your employees’ emotions and behaviours will also mean you are one step ahead in solving a problem before it becomes serious, as in perhaps the case of a person suffering from extreme stress, burnout or anxiety. I appreciate that we are all exceptionally busy (far too many running around like headless chickens!) but investing the time in developing this awareness will save untold hours of lost work in the future.
Whether we like it or not, emotions are inextricably linked with performance and productivity. If leaders can harness and develop the positive emotions and behaviours of their team, they are going to be more successful. Fact.
Emotionally intelligent leaders are adaptable, motivational and inspirational. In short, a good leader who has the professional and knowledge skills turns into a great leader if he adds Emotional Intelligence to the mix.
The great news – Emotional Intelligence can be developed and we can all improve our EQ.
For further details on how I can help your organization with one day training programmes, coaching programmes and EQ assessments, please give me a no-obligation call on 0857272135.