EI consists of skills in four main areas:
Self-awareness: Our ability to know ourselves
Self-management - Our ability to manage ourselves
Social awareness - The awareness we have of the relationships, social and organizational context we operate within
Social management - Relationship management and our ability to influence, collaborate and work with others.
Today's post looks at 3 reasons why EI or emotional intelligence is important for team leaders especially.
# 1 - The move into team leadership can be one of the largest changes in leadership style. Many team leaders are technical experts, great at getting the job done, but not necessarily at focusing on these other areas of interpersonal skills, team development. Providing new, and experienced team leaders with some tools and skills in these areas are critical.
#2 - Self-awareness is key for leaders (and team members!). The more we know ourselves, the strengths we bring to the table and the strengths of others, the easier it is to adapt, innovate and move confidently through the ever changing, and unpredictable environment we operate within. Providing leaders and team members with the opportunity to learn more about themselves, their strengths and triggers, helps to create a solid foundation.
#3 - Relationship management is a critcal part of the Emotional Intelligence toolbox. As team leaders developing and being agile with different relationships above and below you is critical for success. Being able to build solid relationships with your peers, your boss, your team and stakholders, and use the skill of influence are critical skillsets which are often overlooked.
What do you see as the benefits of Emotional Intelligence? Where would you like to boost your skills? Perhaps you will join me for our upcoming Teams365 Emotional Intelligence Foundations module (which we can also deliver internally to your organization - virtually or in person).
Have a great start to your week,
Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC
Supporting Team Leaders to do their best work, one conversation at a time(TM)
Coaching Skills Training | Teamwork | Leadership
Author of From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013)