How Emotional Intelligence Promotes Leadership And Management Practices
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Over the past few years, emotional intelligence (or EI for short) has become one of the most popular leadership theories. It looks at how well you control your emotions and relationships play an important role in leading people and shaping success.
Many companies now offer programs or courses that teach EI as a tool to help you lead more effectively. In fact, many senior level positions require you to have some form of certification in EI.
But what is it really? And why should we care about it?
In this article, we will discuss the basics of emotion regulation and how they relate to leadership. We will also talk about several strategies that are known to boost your EQ and see how these apply to management.
So let’s get into it!
Disclaimer: The content discussed in this article applies mostly to adults over the age of 18. If you are under the age of 18, please do not use any of the products mentioned here. Also, if you are a beginner to self-improvement, start with something simpler first (like meditation).
#1 Advantages of emotional intelligence
Emotion regulation is a skill that everyone needs to possess. To put it simply, you want to be able to manage your own feelings so that they don’t affect other people too much or stay within bounds.
This makes sense because anyone else could be affected by your mood, or theirs could be affected by yours.
Leadership and management practices
As we have seen, emotional intelligence is important to leadership because it helps you be more effective as a leader. It also helps you manage others in your team or organization effectively.
Research shows that people who are high in emotional quotient (EQ) tend to do better when they’re working for someone else. This makes sense since being able to regulate your own emotions can help you focus on your job instead of getting distracted by them.
Furthermore, studies show that EQ correlates with higher employee satisfaction and engagement. And yes, this means money saved in expensive benefits like health insurance and paid leave.
Emotional intelligence isn’t just relevant in the workplace though. Having strong empathy and other related skills can play a big role in our personal lives. For example, if you want to enjoy life, you will need to understand and use emotion to achieve that.
Employees and management
As mentioned earlier, emotional intelligence (or EQ) can help you lead more effectively. This is because emotional competence helps you understand what motivates other people and make sure they are motivated by appropriate factors.
It also means understanding how to motivate others when they feel that motivation has run out. In fact, research suggests that high levels of emotional engagement in employees are one of the most important predictors of employee retention and productivity.
When someone feels like they have nothing left to give, it can be difficult to retain their commitment to your organization. More than likely, they will look for opportunities elsewhere, which can cost your company money and resources.
On the other hand, if they sense an atmosphere of challenge, encouragement, and trust, they’ll work harder to ensure success for themselves at the expense of time and energy.
Personal relationships with coworkers
As human beings, we spend a lot of time thinking about ourselves and our personal lives. We talk more about ourselves than anyone else does, which is why it can be tough to trust others.
We also feel that our experience makes us special, so we assume other people must think the same way. This sets up a barrier in interpersonal relations because you cannot connect with someone when you are not able to look past your own ego.
Emotions arise from thoughts, so if you are thinking only about yourself, then you will lack motivation to invest in others. You may even develop a sense of entitlement due to the fact that you believe you deserve better treatment than everyone else.
In order to promote leadership and management practices, employees need to build trusting relationships. They have to learn how to listen to what others have to say and work together as a team.
This article will discuss some ways that emotional intelligence helps create strong workplace relationships.
Maintaining a positive attitude
A few years ago, I was in a meeting with my department chair. We were talking about how to motivate his staff members when one of them received some bad news.
He wanted to know if anyone had any suggestions because he didn’t have much luck in that area.
At this point, I thought it would be best to switch gears and ask him what kind of leadership he hoped to see at our university. He mentioned things like having goals, putting people first, and being accessible. All good qualities, but none of those really apply when someone gets promoted or receives bad news, right?
I disagreed. Even though these are admirable traits, they can be difficult to implement under such circumstances. When your job is to promote others and help them succeed, a natural tendency could be to feel jealous or even angry when they get the chance to do so.
That wouldn’t make you a good leader, however. It would just make you uncomfortable.
Sometimes, when you're trying to do something or say something, someone else gets in your way and it becomes difficult to move forward.
This is called conflict.
Conflict can be negative like if two people want the same thing and one of them tries to take it away from the other. It can also be positive, such as when two people agree about something great that they both work on together.
Having enough emotional intelligence means being able to recognize your emotions and what is causing them.
It helps you identify how to put your own feelings aside and focus on solving the problem instead of getting upset about it.
Emotions are a part of living, but some people learn how to manage their emotions better than others.
You cannot effectively lead others if you don't control your own emotions.
Have a clear vision of
As we know, leadership is not just being someone who knows what to do when things get tough; it’s about having a goal that motivates you every day. A leader must always be aware of what they want out of their job, and work towards achieving it with passion.
A good amount of emotional intelligence (EI) comes from understanding your own emotions. This includes knowing why you are feeling a certain way and how to manage those feelings in the best way possible.
By reducing stress and improving mood regulation, you can develop more self-control and patience. You will also understand whether someone else is willing to help you or if they are trying to push you away so that they can take over.
Having high levels of EI helps us relate to other people which makes teamwork easier. When I was in college, my professors would tell me that I had an abundance of empathy and sympathy. These skills make it easy for you to connect with others and feel like you share common ground with them.
This may sound cliché, but true leaders spend time developing their emotional intelligence – it’s a crucial part of their jobs.
A second important leadership skill is being able to communicate with people – not just individuals, but groups as well. Being a good leader means knowing how to motivate others, influence them, and tell them what you want from them.
As human beings we all have different personality types. Some people are more motivating than others, and some people feel more connected to other people compared to others. This individual difference can make it difficult to gain someone’s trust and cooperation.
Having high emotional intelligence makes it easier to understand these differences in person style and why they work or don’t for each individual. For example, if you find that someone seems very calm and collected, then you could assume that they don’t seem to easily get excited, which is probably why they haven’t made much progress in their career so far.
By understanding your colleagues’ personal styles, you will be able to help them achieve their goals by finding ways to appeal to their strengths. You can also recognize when something isn’t working and find alternative approaches.
Be a good listener
Being a good listener is one of the most important skills to have as an individual leader, or team manager. This is not only because it’s a fundamental part of communicating effectively, but also because it builds trust in others.
If you are too focused on talking, people will sometimes feel ignored and/or put off by your conversation style. On the other hand, if someone feels like they aren’t being heard, their confidence can begin to waver.
As a leader, you must develop this skill beyond just listening to what people say, but also how they say it. In addition to paying attention to what topics are relevant and interesting for them, you should be aware of whether their tone is positive or negative – both towards you and themselves.
It may be helpful to think about it in terms of chip and dip strategies. When someone talks about something that makes them happy or excited, try to respond with some kind of comment or question related to that. If they talk about something that has made them unhappy or de-energized, do the opposite - ask questions that help get them back into the mood.
By using these techniques, you will establish a pattern of behavior that encourages people to tell you things, and helps promote trust and collaboration. Furthermore, research shows that people who listen more than anything else are viewed as more trustworthy, intelligent, and effective leaders.