The emotionally intelligent leader.
In the past, companies’ highest value was intelligence and their goal was to hire the smartest people they could find. Now, although intelligence and a high IQ are beneficial, they are not everything.
Even the most technical environments now require trust and strong relationships to be successful in business. The best leaders create trust on a macro level by demonstrating their values. They manage successfully on a micro level by using emotional intelligence to develop relationships.
General Intelligence Isn’t Enough
Effective leadership requires you to be attuned to your teams’ emotional needs. You must learn how to best motivate them and provide constructive feedback in a way that builds trust and encourages development. This requires high emotional intelligence, which is a multifaceted skill.
First, self-reflection and regulation helps you understand and be in control of your own feelings. Becoming aware of your values and how you’re perceived will allow you to see your relationship with your team more clearly. Next observing how they’re best motivated and being empathetic will increase their productivity and engagement in your organization. Finally, strong social skills allow you to communicate in an open and authentic way.
Make People a Priority
Interacting with each team member based on who they are and what motivates them will create a culture that prioritizes people. Business leaders who showcase their values by developing strong relationships are more successful. They create a “values” culture based on trust and authenticity that fosters innovation. Make people a priority, build trust, and success will follow.