As a business owner or executive, you know how important it is to have a team that works well together. But did you know that emotional intelligence could be the key to unlocking your team’s full potential? While technical skills and experience are certainly important, emotional intelligence can make all the difference when it comes to productivity, teamwork, and overall success. In this blog post, we’ll explore what emotional intelligence is and why it matters in the workplace.
What is Emotional Intelligence?
Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to recognize, understand, and manage one’s own emotions, as well as to recognize and understand the emotions of others. It involves being aware of your own feelings, regulating them effectively, and using that awareness to interact with others in a positive way. High EI allows individuals to build strong relationships, communicate effectively, and manage stressful situations with ease.
Why is Emotional Intelligence Important in the Workplace?
In a competitive business environment, it’s important to have employees who can work collaboratively to achieve success. This is where emotional intelligence comes in. Employees with high EI are more likely to work well with others, resolve conflicts effectively, and communicate clearly and respectfully. Additionally, employees with high EI are typically better at managing stress and adapting to change, which is essential in today’s fast-paced business world.
For some time now, the world of leadership training and development has included this thing called emotional intelligence or EQ. EQ helps elevate trust in the workplace. Building trust is a personal matter that cannot be demanded or directed. Employers who want a culture of trust, engagement, and high performance must build trust. Yet when it comes to understanding EQ, many have not yet understood the challenge.
My guest is David Cory. David has been helping business leaders learn about and improve their emotional intelligence since 1998. We talked about these key points:
- Understanding EQ is something all leaders can achieve
- Not all leaders start out with a high EQ
- Psychological safety creates the environment for trust
- You can evaluate your level of EQ awareness
David Cory, M.A., started one of the first companies in North America to offer leadership development based on emotional intelligence in 1998. David has worked with the most progressive leaders in every industry sector and every level of government globally designing and delivering training programs and offering coaching. Highlights of David’s career include keynoting at the Harvard Medical School and 6 keynote addresses at the Asia HRD Congress in Bahrain, Brunei, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (x2) and once virtually during the pandemic.