Emotional Intelligence- Business

How Focused Emotional Intelligence  Makes You More Effective 

     Being in tune with your EIQ helps leaders identify gaps in their leadership skills, which promotes skill development.  But exercising your EIQ also helps leaders find situations in which they will be most effective, assists with intuitive decision making, and aids stress management and motivation of oneself and others. 

Skill development
Improvement projects should normally begin with an assessment of the gap between the current situation and the desired future situation.  Having an accurate sense of who you are helps you decide what you should do to improve.  Being in touch with your EIQ can help reveal a skills gap that you want to work on. 

Knowing your strengths and weaknesses.  Exercising EI understanding helps you exploit your strengths and turn your weaknesses into strengths. (Temperament has much to do with this – we will focus on this in another post). 

For instance, if you are someone who is good at “seeing the big picture” that surrounds decisions, but not as good at focusing on the details, you might want to consult colleagues and subordinates that are more detail-oriented when making major decisions.  Cooperation between big-picture-oriented decision makers and detail-oriented decision makers can produce higher quality, more comprehensive decisions. 

Developing intuitive decision-making skills.  Leaders with well-developed EIQ’s are more effective and intuitive decision makers.  In complex situations, intuitive decision makers process large amounts of sometimes unstructured and ambiguous data, and they choose a course of action based on a “gut feeling” or a “sense” of what’s best. 

This type of decision making is becoming more important for leaders as the rate of change and the levels of uncertainty and complexity in their competitive environments increase.  Leaders who are highly emotionally self-aware are better able to read their “gut feelings” and use them to guide decisions. (Clearly this requires a high degree of self awareness and understanding of one’s temperament and it’s needs, strengths and weaknesses, and focused energy in bringing this understanding into the professional arena.)

Positions that don’t suit your personality tend to give you more stress than positions that are more compatible.  This is not to say that you should never take a position that conflicts with your personality.  However, be aware that you will need to work extra hard to develop the skills for that position, and there are positions that would be less stressful for you.
(More on this in the temperament study of EI).

It’s very difficult to effectively deal with poor results when you don’t understand what causes them.  When you don’t know what behaviors to change to improve your performance, you just feel helpless.  Self-awareness is empowering because it can reveal where the performance problems are and indicate what can be done to improve performance.  In addition, awareness of your emotional and spiritual needs can increase your motivation by helping you understand and seek out the results that you really desire; such as a sense of accomplishment, additional responsibility, an opportunity to help others, or a flexible work schedule. 

When we understand “what make us tick”–what gets us excited, why we behave the way we do, etc.–we need to also have insight into what makes others tick.

Knowing how to genuinely motivate yourself is tantamount to knowing how to genuinely motivate others. 

It won’t be the same for everybody! This is where Temperament understanding is crucial.  Tune in tomorrow for that!


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