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How Emotional Intelligence Cultivates Better Leadership

Be honest

When someone has people working directly underneath them, honesty is key. For one, everyone should know their role and how well they’re performing. It’s also important for leaders to be honest with themselves. If someone realizes they’ve made a mistake, they have to be honest enough to correct it without slowing the team down.

Practice empathy whenever possible

Leaders must learn that life happens. If an employee works from home and their children are home from school, show some understanding if they accidentally pop into a conference call. Handle a situation based on the preferred response if the roles were reversed. Employees that feel their bosses care about them care more about their jobs, especially in emergency situations.

Be self-aware

Self-awareness and emotional intelligence go hand-in-hand. The most successful leaders consider practicing self-awareness an asset because it has a direct correlation with how efficiently they’ll perform tasks. For example, if a boss is angry or upset, they’re less likely to give logical advice to their subordinates. If possible, take a few minutes every day to address any lingering feelings. This makes going into the workday with a clear mind easier.

Prioritize frequent communication

Want to keep staff informed on business standards? Be sure to regularly speak with them. Whether it's time for an update or a modification, keeping staff in the loop is crucial. Remember, quality is just as important as quantity. Speak with staff concisely and allow them to ask relevant questions to boost clarity. Leaders with technical knowledge are beneficial. People who take the initiative to develop their emotional intelligence are better built for success. Even if it takes some time to craft each skill, creating this symbiotic relationship between the two boosts the productivity and morale of every participating employee.


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