Are you good at your job and ready to be a leader at your workplace? If yes, then congratulations on your progress! But, being a leader is just not enough! You need to be an emotionally intelligent leader! Are you? Check out qualities that demonstrate emotional intelligence in leadership.
The concept of emotional intelligence became popular with psychologist Daniel Goleman’s bestselling book Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ.
Emotional intelligence (aka EQ or EI) is the ability of a person to recognize and understand their own emotions and those of others. The ability to manage and/or adjust their own emotions and help others do the same to achieve one’s goal(s).
According to Daniel Goleman, there are five key elements to emotionally intelligent leadership:
- Social skills.
“without … [emotional intelligence], a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but he still won’t make a great leader, “ Said psychologist Daniel Goleman.
EQ is the ultimate door to stand apart from others and achieve success in the professional world. Some of the popular CEOs across the globe who hone the power of emotional intelligence are –
- Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX
- Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo
- Richard Branson, Founder, and Chairman of Virgin Group
- Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric
- Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft
Check out the signs of an emotionally intelligent leader and let us know if you have high EQ:
1. You have high self-awareness
Leaders with high EQ are well aware of their strengths, weaknesses, emotions, feelings, why they are doing what they are doing and areas of improvement. They don’t hesitate to seek feedback from their seniors.
Thus, they have mental clarity and move ahead with confidence. Keep learning and developing new skills. They can speak in a straight, non-defensive manner. Consequently, they are more productive and positive at the workplace, which makes them a center of attention. Others look forward to them for suggestions and inspiration.
Do you know yourself well?
2. They know how to empathize with others
Empathy is a key part of emotional intelligence! Research from CCL found that those who practice empathetic leadership are viewed as better performers in their job by their bosses.
Are you person-focused? Do you put yourself in your teammates’ shoes when solving problems with them? Do you listen to their worries and come up with mutually beneficial solutions? Do you make them feel valued and understood? Can share your own concerns openly? If yes, then you are an effective leader.
3. They have high self-control
Being emotionally intelligent doesn’t mean you are resistant to stress, anxiety and impulses. But, able to control them and respond from a place of reason. Having high self-awareness, an emotionally intelligent leader is also good at self-regulation.
4. They have strong social skills
Besides strong social skills, an emotionally intelligent leader also have strong relationship management skills. Being empathetic and compassionate they can easily motivate others. Having assertive communication skills, they know when and how to negotiate, manage differences in opinions and lead.
Even talk candidly on non-work topics, which helps them establish a stronger bond in the workplace. They provide honest and constructive criticism, thus people trust their decisions and feel enthusiastic working for them.
Do you know Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos uses his self-deprecating humor to make others feel comfortable with him? Do you have strong social skills?
5. They are self-motivated
You can be a self-motivated leader if you are goal-oriented, optimistic, and committed. People with high self-awareness know how to stir up positive emotions within themselves. When you understand your thoughts and emotions you will know what motivates you.