Emotional Intelligence is one of the most essential ingredients for successful leaders and successful people in all walks of life. Research by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) found that the primary causes of executive derailment involve deficiencies in emotional competence. The three main challenges are difficulty in handling change, inability to work well in a team, and poor interpersonal relations.
The Carnegie Institute of Technology research indicated that 85% of financial success was due to skills in “human engineering”, personality, and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead. Only 15% was due to technical ability. Once again, the message is clear: people skills or emotional intelligence skills are critical for success. Full article published by Fast Company, June 22, 2015.
Teamwork is easier and more productive when the team is comprised of emotionally intelligent members. They can move the agenda along, read the climate of the group, recognize individuals and create harmony. Those with lower EQ may ignore or misread interpersonal communication or body language, explode if things don’t go their way, or make others feel uncomfortable without even realizing it.
As a coach, EQ is an important element we focus on in developing strong leaders. Building EQ enables leaders to win over their team rather than using a more authoritative approach. The good news is these skills are measurable and can be improved. There are a variety of good emotional intelligence assessments, tools and books. At Rising Stars, we use the TTI EQ assessment, often in combination with Behaviors (DISC) and Motivators that identify why you do what you do. The EQ assessment measures five key areas of emotional intelligence:
Self Awareness – the ability to understand your emotions, moods and drives and how they affect others
Self Regulation – the ability to control or redirect disruptive impulses and moods and think before acting
Empathy – the ability to understand the emotional makeup of other people
Motivation – a passion to work for reasons that go beyond money or status and a propensity to pursue goals with energy and persistence
Social Skills – a proficiency in managing relationships and building networks
Are you interested in understanding and improving your EQ? I will provide a complimentary EQ assessment with 30 minute debrief for the first five people who want to explore their Emotional Intelligence. Email Joanne@RisingStarsCoach.com with your name, organization and why you want to better understand your EQ.
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