There is a great book out on leadership. Certainly there are enough leadership books to go around the world several times; but the book, Landing in the Executive Chair, by Linda Henman, relates to F squared, or F2 Leadership. Dr. Henman refers to the F as meaning both Fair and Firm. Accountability!
Henman says, “I have found the direct ties between self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, social skill… and business results.” This is how Emotional Intelligence, or EQ, is defined.
Employee Engagement and Emotional Intelligence are about balancing results with relationships. As Henman points out, the further up the ladder you travel, the greater the need for understanding both yourself and others.
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This week we have looked at the many benefits of higher Emotional Intelligence as well as compelling reasons to work on increasing our EQ as well as the EQ of the collective team.
Another very important benefit of an increased EQ is higher productivity, both of individuals and the team.
Here are 5 important productivity by-products of Higher EQ:
Remember, emotions are contagious– both the positive emotions and the negative emotions. Likewise, teams have their own collective EQ and this EQ can be either high or low.
Below are characteristics of both types of teams: High and Low Team EQ
We have looked at EQ a number of times in our posts. This post looks at the importance Emotional Intelligence plays in the development of successful teams. Yes… teams have a collective emotional quotient! And developing High Team EQ is a Success Habit!
For a team to be truly successful, individual team members must be committed to the greater good of the team. Collaboration replaces competitiveness. After all, if you are on the same team, why would you want to operate against each other.
Researchers have confirmed what Human Resource professionals have known for quite some time. One’s level of emotional intelligence is a great predictor of success at work as well as a measurement of healthy and productive relationships and leadership abilities.
Research has also shown that EQ is the second most important factor in job performance, only behind cognitive intelligence. So, it stands to reason that we will all benefit by improving our personal Emotional Intelligence Quotient!
There have been numerous studies looking at the effectiveness of EQ. Dr. Galit Meisler from the University of Haifa has done a great deal of research on EQ. Some of his findings relative to employment issues were:
High EQ at Work
An old native story that sounds very much like the development of a higher EQ:
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. “My son, the battle is between two wolves.”
In this post we frequently discuss success habits. Examples might be:
- Practicing more kindness and compassion
- Managing time more effectively
- Determining our High Value Activities
- Paying closer attention to Emotional Intelligence
- Communicating more effectively
- Developing character and integrity
There are many other opportunities to build Success Habits. Just the list above can easily send someone into overwhelm. But remember how to eat an elephant.
Stage Four of Four
The top developmental skill for effective leadership is a high level of emotional intelligence. This skill is developed and strengthened through quiet and regular reflection. Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand emotions, particularly one’s own emotions. “Know thyself”, proclaims the ancient Greek aphorism.
There are many facets of management. A good manager must also possess a strong leadership base.
The Four Stages of Leadership:
1. Functional Competence
3. Positive influence of others
4. Emotional Intelligence
In order to progress through successful careers, managers –becoming- leaders must master and live these four stages of leadership. To skip any of the four stages or to forget the lessons learned there can cause a career to stall or derail.
In later posts we will look at these four success habits in more depth.