Executive Coaching Blog
How your emotional quotient will help you lead
As the worldwide workplace continues to diversify, our understanding of the essential qualities that make successful leaders tick only goes deeper. People with a high emotional quotient, or ‘EQ’ benefit from a number of very unique advantages. Rather than being all about a head-first, top-down management style, different companies are each finding their own leadership solutions, and employing a wider range of skill sets in these roles. And while experience, education and authority still play a role in every leader’s repertoire, we are learning to give more credence to aspects of emotional intelligence that affect the way leaders do their jobs. Here are just a few advantages:
The ability to relate to others means a leader is more able to play to their individual team members’ strengths. Rather than forcing workers to conform to pre-existing roles, a flexible leader with a high EQ will understand how to best use the tools they have at their disposal. Also, having the flexibility to work with anyone in any situation should be an indispensable trait that all leaders have.
A boosted emotional intelligence lets the best leaders push team members past their limitations and offer an extra bit of motivation. This creates more efficient and directed work, but also instills a more healthy corporate culture. Before you know it, the infectious enthusiasm of your high-EQ leaders will spread across the entire workplace.
Leaders who put their subordinate’s needs before their own are great at keeping their team working at their fullest potential. Targeted feedback offered on a consistent basis keeps priorities straight, and timely responses to any inquiries or requests keeps workers happy. In time, a well-tended to corporate environment will create an atmosphere of trust, and a more developed network of communication.
Those who benefit from a higher EQ know that a leadership position does not place them above their coworkers. Keeping oneself accountable to the rest of the team will encourage others to follow suit and help drive a self-directed workplace. It is no secret that reliability and consistency are the best way to earn long lasting respect.