How emotional intelligence helps you become a better leader

by | Leadership Training

Many times, in the corporate world, we face the question, “Is your EQ high or your IQ” and most of us answer the latter, lowering the importance of staying in tune with your emotions as well as others’ emotions. 

But navigating the turbulent times amid the pandemic has put the focus back on the need to lean on emotional intelligence. That’s why EQ has also emerged as one of the most in-demand skills after 2020, as per a LinkedIn analysis. It’s not just important in personal life, but the professional sphere as well, which is why we, at Physis, always put attention on finding the core to emotional intelligence through our several self-leadership programs. 

As we find harmony with this new altered reality in our workplace, emotional intelligence has turned out to be the biggest attribute to get on the path to become a better leader. Because individuals who are emotionally strong can handle any adversity, or crisis effectively. In fact, EQ directly reflects in the relationships you build with your bosses, co-workers, and clients, and correlates with productivity and your ability to come up with successful strategies. 

The skills that helped you secure your first job, first promotion may not guarantee your next. It is the relationship with your emotional intelligence, behavioural pattern and effectiveness which will carve the path ahead. It helps in successfully managing teams, handling stress, delivering feedback, collaborating with others and accounts for approximately 85 percent of what sets effective performers apart from their colleagues with similar technical knowledge.

Emotional intelligence guides how you interact, empathise and handle those around you and yourself as you process your actions. The good news is that you can develop emotional intelligence, and Physis can help you with it. In fact, you can take the first step of the journey of self discovery with our SALT course which guides you to apply EQ in an effective way to manage yourself, your team and all the other stakeholders. 

Started wondering if you are in sync with your emotions? Or why do you respond and react to different situations in certain specific ways? The answer lies in being aware of your emotions, and behaviour.

Till the time, let me break down emotional intelligence into four core competencies for better understanding, out of which some are even part of the Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence Quadrant

Realising true potential

When it comes to effective leadership, self-awareness is at the core of everything. Being in sync with your emotions describes your ability to not only understand your strengths, but also weaknesses. It guides you to recognize your emotions and the effect they have on you and your team’s performance, which brings out the best efforts by all. But remember, in order to bring out the best in others, you first need to bring out the best in yourself, which is where the Relational Intelligence Program comes into picture and helps you introspect and realise your potential.

Self-management

Self-awareness leads to self-management, which is a result of better emotional intelligence and well-being. It particularly helps in keeping emotions in check especially in stressful situations, crises or maintaining a positive outlook despite setbacks while motivating the team, which in turn makes one an effective leader. 

Social awareness

Social awareness is what makes you aware of what is going on around you, and inside you. Finding a way to your emotions gives you the ability to recognize others’ emotions, driving it to generate an optimum result for the company. It also helps you to step up for others and makes you even more empathetic, which makes for the thin line differentiating between a successful leader with an effective one. Developing EQ helps you understand your colleagues’ feelings and perspectives, which enables you to communicate and collaborate more effectively.

Relationship management

It might be the last piece of the EQ puzzle, but is the most important one. Your relationship with yourself, colleagues, team and clients directly reflects in your career. The ability to build and maintain healthy relationships is what it takes to make you a better leader. A great leader generates great results, but an effective one does it by using relationships to inspire others to achieve mutual goals and build a common vision.

All in all, the journey of becoming a better leader starts by stepping up for yourself first. When you rise up emotionally, you help to build a cohesive environment for yourself and the organisation. Get to a point where you rise up to the everyday challenges, become a compassionate leader to your team while reaping benefits.

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