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Category: Leadership

Emotional intelligence

7 Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence Is Important For Leadership Effectiveness

Emotional intelligence is defined as “the ability to understand and control your own feelings, and to understand the feelings of others and react to them in a suitable way.”

Exceptional leaders are aware of how they lead and are able to govern their emotions effectively. They are also able to help those they lead, comprehend and deal with their feelings in a very enabling manner. Meaning, they have emotional intelligence.

The following are 7 reasons why emotional intelligence is important for leadership effectiveness:

1. Considerate

Emotionally intelligent leaders do not fear the feelings or sentiments of the individuals they lead. The bottom line of the organization is not the only focal point. Emotionally intelligent leaders’ approach to growing a business is caring about their workers as well as any individual who does business with them.

2. Efficient Communication Skills

Leaders who have efficient communication skills frequently talk about what they aspire to do with the people they lead, to ensure that those around them have a similar understanding of their vision. As such, workers who are regularly informed of what is expected of them, are generally able to perform their tasks more efficiently. 

3. Self-Awareness

Self-awareness helps a leader identify their strengths and weaknesses. Consequently, this helps them have clarity when it comes time to hire personnel. They are able to hire individuals who perform well in capacities where the leader needs insightfulness.

4. Self-Respect

As a leader it is important that you not only show respect to others, but you should respect yourself as well. A self-respecting leader is mindful of how he or she speaks to others even when they do something wrong. The manner in which you treat yourself is how those you lead will treat you.

5. Authentic

Being able to express who you are based on your core values and beliefs is a key quality of emotionally intelligent leaders. In other words, being real, knowledgeable about your values, and acting from your beliefs.

6. Self-Confidence

During emergencies it is imperative that leaders demonstrate calmness since everyone takes their cue from them. In other words, if the leader is out of control and panicked during a crises, those around them will follow suit. On the other hand, when a leader exudes self-confidence and remains calm, those they lead are more apt to respond to emergencies much better and with the same temperament.

7. Sense of Humor

No matter what position you hold in an organization or anywhere, especially leadership, being serious all the time forms a harsh environment. Lighten up. Having a sense of humor will not diminish your ability to lead effectively. A genuinely perceptive leader is able to maintain an equilibrium between the two. Individuals will in general, perform their tasks better and more judiciously when there is a feeling of humor. Humor also boosts morale.

Assessing Your Organization for High Performance

All organizations are perfectly designed to get the results they get.

How clear is the direction of your company right now? How well do you understand the critical opportunities and steps needed to take your company to the next level? How well does your team understand the strengths and weaknesses of the business? How effective are changes in only one part of your organization without understanding or considering changes to the whole?

The assessment of an organization’s health and the diagnosis of problems must precede any development or change of plans to improve the health of that organization. If you want to improve your business, you must first find out what it working and what is not working. This allows you to make intelligent and conscious decisions about how to improve it.

When starting a business most people do not aspire to achieve mediocrity. One would hope to start a business and be the best at something, right? A bakery store may want to be know for the best donuts in town, an insurance company would want the reputation of being able to offer the best policies to their clients and save the most money, a car dealership hopes to be the one place that everyone buys and services their vehicles and so on. Most people do not go through the trouble of running a business for the sole purpose of breaking even, agreed?

Businesses are living systems, dependent upon its external environment for survival. As a living system, an organization is “open” to influences and transactions with it environment. The Transformation Model seen here provides a framework for viewing an organization as a living system. Using this model, leaders can see how the pieces of the organization fit together and then make conscious decisions about how to improve their effectiveness. The model reduces organization complexity to seven key elements: Results, Environment, Strategy, Core Process, Structure, Systems and Culture. These seven elements are viewed as a whole system of interrelated parts which must fit together and be closely coordinated if the organization is to be successful. High Performance can be built into every aspect of the business by using the model to guide a comprehensive and integrated approach to change.

The seven elements of this model form the “big picture” of the organization. The first step is to analyze and understand each of the elements in order to know what is working or not working in the organization and how the elements are affecting each other. The next step is to adjust or redesign the elements so they are better aligned to the strategy and to each other. Using this Transformation Model to analyze and realign the organization will improve key results and lead to increased effectiveness. For more information on how you can use Modlin Business Solutions to walk you through this process, fill out the contact form and someone will contact you. You can become a High Performance business with increased productivity and profitability starting today.