Emotional Intelligence (EI) has been a hot topic in recent years. Workplace leaders have realised that how you work and collaborate with others is often just as important as qualifications and experience.
Here at ThoughtfulLeader, Emotional Intelligence is a key characteristic for 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.
With the growing diversity of our teams and changing attitudes to work, it has never been more important to be able to cater for different types of employees.
Why does Emotional Intelligence matter?
Thoughtful leaders need to be very perceptive. They need to be able to recognise emotions in others so they can understand their 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.
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 think about how important it is for your leadership.