How To Lead with Emotional Intelligence

Leadership is a character trait that is hard to come by. It is learned over time and acquired through experience. Leadership by itself is insufficient if it does not showcase emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence comes as a result of self-awareness. It means that you are vulnerable and authentic. Leadership with emotional intelligence is valuable to […]

Thrive Global invites voices from many spheres to share their perspectives on our Community platform. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team, and opinions expressed by Community contributors do not reflect the opinions of Thrive Global or its employees. More information on our Community guidelines is available here.

Leadership is a character trait that is hard to come by. It is learned over time and acquired through experience. Leadership by itself is insufficient if it does not showcase emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence comes as a result of self-awareness. It means that you are vulnerable and authentic. Leadership with emotional intelligence is valuable to motivate staff members or teammates to achieve better. How do you effectively lead with emotional intelligence?

Become true

Nothin aches more than sharing with another party whose interests in your conversations are not sincere. The feeling of betrayal is worse than that of being ignored. Leaders are responsible for developing an authentic company culture and work environment. Being candid with your team shows that you too face challenges in life and are true to them. An open leader motivates and inspires others to bear with the hard times and work for the company’s goal.

Self-awareness

Leaders are as human as other members of staff. They, too, go through life’s many challenges. Leaders often overlook self-awareness despite it being critical to the success of relationships and engagements at work. If you feel worried and anxious as a leader, it helps to understand that not acting is alright until you relax. Connecting with your emotions will help you know what made you feel anxious and worried in the first place and the correct course of action to take.

Practice empathy

Empathetic leadership advocates for deeper connections with your team to understand work-related challenges and personal issues that affect their general performance at work. Emotional intelligence means that you let people know you care about them genuinely. Employees value that connection and often become loyal to their workplaces to feel safe and cared for deeply.

Communication

In every relationship, effective communication is a vital element that leads to better understanding and less friction. The same goes to work relationships. Effective leadership appreciates the role of regular communication at work over and above collaborating on decision making. Emotional intelligence enables members to know how connected they are to the overall mission. Communication lends itself to passing on feedback to employees on areas of improvement and for employees to share their grievances with working conditions at work. Emotional intelligence, therefore, plays a critical role in leadership.

    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    You might also like...

    Community//

    Emotional Intelligence in a Pandemic

    by Kaitlin Necas
    Courtesy of Billion Photos / Shutterstock
    Wisdom//

    Positive Leaders: 7 Traits of Emotional Intelligence They Practice Daily

    by Marcel Schwantes
    Thriving in the A.I Revolution!
    Community//

    Thriving in the A.I Revolution!

    by @TheDovBaron
    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.