Why Is Emotional Intelligence Important in Leadership?

Power Idea from Laura Dillingham, Executive Strategic Partner

Culture begins with the leader. Simply stated, the leader sets the tone for the organization. If the leader cannot effectively manage their emotions, communicate, and collaborate within all levels in their organization, then even if they have exceptional technical skills, it will not matter. Leadership is important.

Ask yourself this. What can successfully assist you in managing stress, coaching individuals, and teams, providing feedback, and collaborating and working well with others in your organization? Since its inception, emotional intelligence has evolved into a must-have skill in all areas of life, but most critically in leadership.

Leaders with high emotional intelligence have a significant understanding of their own emotions. This empathy allows them to gauge and understand the emotions of others more accurately, which leads to more thoughtful and deliberate decisions.

It is important to understand the five categories of emotional intelligence which are self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, social awareness, and social regulation. Leaders can use these foundational skills to increase their emotional intelligence.

This understanding ensures they can:

  • Identify what they are feeling and know how to interpret their emotions.
  • Recognize how their emotions can affect others.
  • Regulate their emotions.
  • Understand and manage other people’s emotions.

The benefits of emotional intelligence for the leader and the organization are:

  • Improved workplace environment.
  • Increased team engagement and teamwork.
  • Increased employee satisfaction.
  • Decreased employee turnover.
  • Enhanced communication.
  • Decreased stress.
  • High performance-driven results.

Leaders are responsible for maximizing employee potential, which helps ensure the organization reaches its goals and objectives. A leader who uses emotional intelligence will establish a culture where employees can express themselves openly and respectfully, without fear of offending others or repercussions, resilience when new initiatives are introduced, increased flexibility, and an environment where creativity is celebrated. In leadership, it is as important to excel in your position in an emotional capacity as it is to excel intellectually.

Join us for a free, one-hour webinar about Emotional Intelligence with Laura Dillingham on May 25th, 2021 at 9am PDT. See more details here: https://hpisolutions.com/events/emotional-intelligence-webinar-hpisolutions/

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