A emotionally intelligent leader is important for business success as it has been seen around for years, emotional intelligence is very useful but some leaders still think it is touchy-feely nonsense.
So, here are the seven steps to becoming an emotionally intelligent leader
Know what is important to you.
You need to strengthen a deeper understanding of yourself to improve your emotional intelligence. Your values and beliefs stem from childhood and play a major role in how you behave as an adult. Listing and recognizing your own key values to understand why certain situations are trigging strong emotional reactions in you.
Now that you understand what provokes a strong emotional response, the next step would be to tune into how you feel and use this proper knowledge to make better decisions. Most of the leaders shut off this part of themselves, as reason and rationality have been rewarded throughout their entire work.
Be aware of others
It looks hard to figure out how you feel, but a fundamental part of emotional intelligent is learning to spot the signs of how others might be feeling. This usually involves you having to tune into what is going on around you. Recognizing the mood of your team and managing it accordingly had major implications for your ability to influence as a leader and achieve the business goals. Try not to become so immersed in your own mood and feelings that you even neglect to take time to figure out what is going on around you.
Improve your communication and influencing skills.
Now that you have started to evolve your awareness, you can use this emotional intelligent data to lead more efficiently and effectively. Apart from just ignoring the person on your team who is always in a low mood, try to channel the emotion into something which is useful, like a slow, meaningful task that might be highly suited to that mood and even contributes towards getting the job done.
Learn to understand emotions.
We were revolutionarily primed to scan our environment for the danger and choose either freeze, fight, or flight. These most basic and primary reactions are still our first port of call in any situation. So from here on you become excessively angry with a different colleague, it is worth taking time to understand what emotion might be driving that reaction.
Manage your own emotions.
Once we get to know how we feel and why we can ultimately change our emotional response at the moment. If you are always at the mercy of your emotions and have some patience, you will be a volatile leader. It is ok to feel an emotion, but it is not always appropriate to release it at that point at the moment. Releasing it at later point of time, through activities such as exercise or offloading to a friend, will help you to reduce stress, increase resilience, and remain emotional intelligent balanced at the time of the ambiguous or challenging time.
Manage the emotions of others
This is probably one of the major tough tasks that you face as a leader. Successfully managing the emotions of others is highly efficient in building trust and relationships with your people. Now that you can usually spot and understand emotions in others, you will be able to manage them before they spiral into unmanageable situations. This will ultimately help you to build deeper and stronger connections with your team, which makes you a better leader.
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