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When you think of a successful leader for your company, you think of an organized, experienced, and skilled individual who communicates well with others and gets things done.
However, there's an increasing demand and need for leaders with an often left unacknowledged quality: emotional intelligence. Someone who has emotional intelligence (also known as EQ or EI) has a better understanding of their feelings and those they work with and lead.
EQ leaders can empathize with coworkers and others, allowing them to improve communication on every level and create comradery and a feeling of well-being.
So, what is emotional intelligence? According to American psychologist Daniel Goleman, emotional intelligence is a combination of five key traits:
•Self-awareness: Great leaders know how they feel and how their emotions and actions affect their employees.
•Self-regulation: Self-regulation helps leaders avoid making rushed, emotional decisions that can make a situation objectively worse.
•Motivation: Self-motivated leaders can influence employees and coworkers to raise their standards and build their motivation.
•Empathy: Having empathy is an essential part of leading a team; the leader can more closely relate to coworkers and employees.
•Social skills: The social skills side of emotional intelligence is critical for good communicators to uplift their subordinates and resolve any issues.
With these five elements, any leader can manage their environment, improve the quality of their work culture, and build their company's success.
Leaders with high EQ can create a space for growth and collaborative communication. A feeling of "we're in this together" fosters better performance and higher job satisfaction for employees. When workers feel heard and understood, they are more engaged in their work and their environment. As a result, there's a healthier environment that starts at the top.
Are you hiring for emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence may be a newer topic in the world of leadership, but it is a concept that will only continue to gain traction as teams everywhere look to their leaders to match their emotional and social needs in the workplace. As society becomes increasingly complex and working relationships are more important than ever, leaders with emotional intelligence play an essential role in a thriving work culture—one that drives sustainable success.