Emotional Intelligence (EI) has been a hot topic in recent years. Workplace leaders have realised that how you work and collaborate with others is important. Often just as important as qualifications and experience.
Here at ThoughtfulLeader, Emotional Intelligence and leadership go hand in hand. Emotionally intelligent leaders are the type of leaders that I want to see more of. Thoughtful leadership is about understanding what your team needs and how your leadership needs to change to provide it.
The diversity of our teams is growing, so attitudes to work are changing. It has never been more important to be able to cater for different types of team members. One of the ways we do this is through emotional intelligence.
Why do Emotional Intelligence and leadership go so well together?
Thoughtful leaders need to be very perceptive. They need to be able to recognise emotions in others so they can understand their own team environment. They need to be able to handle their own emotions so that they can consciously choose how they are going to lead.
Emotional Intelligence also improves a leader’s ability to show empathy. This is an extremely important aspect of thoughtful leadership. Without empathy, leaders tend to miss social cues and act in ways that are contrary to the needs of their team. That’s why emotional intelligence and leadership are such an important combination.
Emotional Intelligence explained
There has been a significant amount of research about Emotional Intelligence in the last few decades. The following infographic from Davitt Corporate Psychology summarises the key aspects of EI very effectively.
They’ve captured the importance of EI better than I could, so thanks to Davitt for providing the infographic. I hope you find it useful and it helps you to understand how emotional intelligence and leadership can work well together.