Why you need to lead with Emotional Intelligence; Awareness.
- August 6, 2018
- Posted by: dataadmin
- Category: Latest Updates
In no particular order, the first need on the list is Awareness!
We would be looking at the ways Emotional Intelligence helps a leader obtain awareness (both for self and recognition in others’ emotions.)
In the infamous words of Lao Tzu, “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich”.
Awareness of self in a leader can’t be over emphasized because its effect ripples to the entire team. When a leader is emotionally intelligent she gains clarity on her strengths and weaknesses and is secured to know what to delegate and what to personally engage. This would affect the hiring and selection character that would determine the strength of the team.
Awareness does not just help in creating or building the right team and delegating the right tasks, it also fosters the right supervision and correction metrics; whereby a leader knows what language to speak to an individual and what way to harness the entire team effectively.
Emotionally intelligent leaders are also aware of the ability index of their team member even with regards different working conditions, this for sure plays out on what kind of roles and tasks they push out to members of their team or organization to ensure effectiveness.
Emotional intelligence fosters empathy which yields awareness of a leader to know the right approach and environment to communicate effectively and relate productively with the team as a whole and also promoting the individual uniqueness of the team members.
When leadership is built on emotional intelligence, then the leader is aware and sensitive to subtle emotional makeup of the members which can have huge effect on the overall productivity of the team, so the leader is balanced enough to pilot the team’s narrative and boost energy psychologically.
Without adequate awareness, a leader is helpless in face of workplace conflict and efficient decision making. They might have good plan but poor execution and won’t be able properly introduce or handle changes in the organization without reducing the morale of the team.
Studies have shown that emotions can be a vital determinant of the overall productivity of an individual in a workplace which invariably affect the whole team, so it vital that a leader is armed with awareness of the emotions of her team member which is a vital part of their contribution to the organization.
With right awareness, a leader can unmask the actions of a team member to see intentions and the emotions that sponsors such. This gives the leader a vantage position in making right decisions or judgment of a situation beyond the obvious. As a result, they are able better able to address problems and handle any future complications.
Leaders with emotional intelligence are well tuned to the emotions of others and are able to dictate what is going on around them. They put themselves in the shoes of the team members and are able to sympathize with them, thereby giving and having good feedback.
Awareness at such helps a leader to assess the mental, psychological and even emotional state of her team members, whereby red flags like anxiety, depression, trauma or grief can be dictated and duly sorted. This would in turn upgrade the harmony and general composure of a team or workplace.
Lack of awareness (of self and others) in a leader is blindness and insensitivity in leadership. Awareness is a critical skill for leaders, who work closely to inspire and motivate a team. If the leader is unable to empathize with their employees, she will surely find it difficult to obtain respect or loyalty.
Legitimacy can’t be obtained from a team without awareness of their emotional makeup which would aid a leader in creating the right working condition that fosters trust, loyalty and productivity.
Awareness of self is so vital for a leader, so as to keep in check her emotions and not let them come in between her effectiveness and productivity or even interpersonal relationship within the team. For example a leader can know when his strategy is no longer working out and can dictate and subdue his pride or other emotions from switching to a better lane.
Ability of a leader to successfully manage emotions in himself and her team start with the awareness of it.