According to my experience, three emotional facets of leadership are passion, enthusiasm and excitement. Without such emotion the integrity of an organization will disintegrate and poor productivity will be created.
Look at your organization. Your boss is nice as long as you do what he wants. But he sulks if you don’t. He doesn’t like it when you disagree with him. He doesn’t tell what you what he really thinks. He is not honest with you. You feel unsettled.
On the other side, your boss is nice. She listens and understands you. She makes you feel important. Her enthusiasm for you, for your team and for your company creates a strong impact on productivity, organizational alignment and high performance.
The essential factor of high EI is self-awareness. If you understand your own motivations and behaviours, it is possible to develop an understanding of other people. Poor self-awareness can prevent the ability to think rationally and apply technical capabilities.
I always believe that high emotional intelligence (EI) is a stronger predictor of organizational alignment and success in the companies.
Therefore, I define emotional intelligence as the ability to, say, understand your effect on others and manage yourself accordingly. This accounts for nearly 90 percent of what moves people up the ladders when technical skills and IQ are roughly similar in career growth.
Daniel Goleman found that, beyond a certain point, there is little or no correlation between IQ and high levels of professional success. He defined that an IQ of about 115 and more is sufficient to be a lawyer, engineer, doctor or business executive. When people enter the workforce, IQ and technical skills are often equal and emotional intelligence will become an important differentiator in the success.
In my productivity workshops in different organizations, I talk about EI and its importance. For example, if we focus on the emotional intelligence skills of our sales force, we can increase our annual performance at least 12 percent. If we give EI training to the workforce in a manufacturing plant, the productivity can be more than 90 percent.
When we look at the ability of an emotionally intelligent leader, we see the competencies such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management.
When we have a slight provocation, our ability to apply reason and logic will drop approximately 75 percent. We may start to see only in black or white, yes or no, right or wrong, and win or lose. In such situations asking questions and focusing on understanding the reasons and avoiding from the judgement will be better. Normally, we want to be included, valued, respected, safe and autonomous.
Please note that emotional intelligence is a proven differentiator for a successful career growth and personal brand. Inspire others, boost productivity, create higher employee engagement and company morale, and eliminate negative and toxic culture from your organization.
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