Whether you want to succeed as a manager or are searching to hire someone for a leadership role, you no doubt have a list of qualities you think leaders should have.
Often people look for someone intelligent or with a high IQ for a leadership role. Another important – and often overlooked metric – is EI.
EI is emotional intelligence. Up to 90% of those with high EI move into leadership positions — and we’ll show you why.
Keep reading to find out the impact of emotionally intelligent leadership in your life and your company.
Definition of Emotional Intelligence
Let’s first break down what makes someone emotionally intelligent. This is really key to understanding how it plays a role in their lives, their work, and the lives of others.
The core components of emotional intelligence include:
- Social skills
- Motivation to achieve
- Empathy towards others
- Self-awareness and how it impacts others
- Self-regulation and discipline
As you can see, these are great skills for leaders to have — but not all leaders have them. Let’s explore the impact EI has on the workforce and look at a few emotional intelligence examples.
Social skills are considered “soft skills.” Unlike something concrete like math, it’s hard to measure social skills yet they can account for up to 85% of financial success.
Conflict resolution or recognizing and praising hard work are both ways that you can use EI in everyday life. Brush up on your communication skills and always try to set a good example to boost your EI in this category.
All good things come to those who wait — no doubt you’ve heard that before. But it’s true! While instant gratification is nice, you need a leader who will have the motivation to see things through on a long-term project.
The self-motivation definition is having a goal and working towards it every day. A leader with motivation has high standards for themselves and stay optimistic.
Leaders with strong empathy understand what workers need. They anticipate any issues, give great creative feedback, and inspire loyalty.
No one wants a boss who cracks a metaphorical whip and makes you feel like you’re doing all the work. With empathy, your workers feel supported and inspired.
It’s true there’s no I in team. If you want to lead one, though, you need to be self-aware.
Emotionally intelligent leadership understands the need to pause and try to understand their feelings. They keep in mind how their actions impact others.
Much like motivation, those with the EI skill of self-regulation have the discipline to get things done.
They hold themselves accountable — and make sure their team is on track to succeed. They stay in control and always recognize the values that are important for the task at hand.
Realize the Impact of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership
Emotionally intelligent leadership isn’t just a theory, it’s a solution. If you’re trying to launch an incredible pay-per-click campaign and you need the team to pull together, EI will help get you there.
We’re ready to bring our emotionally intelligent insight to you and your brand. Contact us today to receive a no-obligation strategy call — for free!