Studies show that emotional intelligence (EQ), rather than ‘know-how’, is a key factor for successful leadership. We can all share stories of managers we’ve encountered over the years – the good, the bad and the ugly. The best ones were those who listened, took accountability, provided us with advice, and energized us to do our best. Having a good manager can be a key element to job satisfaction and, in turn, prevent employees from looking elsewhere.

Do You Have Emotional Intelligence? 

How do you ensure your management style is effective? Or, that you can lead a team when you get that promotion? Here are five essential qualities of emotional intelligence to reference for a quick self-assessment.

#1 Self-awareness

How well do you know yourself?  Do you have a good grasp of your strengths, weaknesses, skills, and abilities?  If you need some help, there are many free online personality tests online.  Our favorite is 16 Personalities.  Be sure to also check in with a trusted friend to provide honest feedback and make sure you’re on track.

#2 Self-Regulation

Self-regulation includes the ability to regulate & modify emotional reactions in a socially appropriate way.  It’s the capability to maintain a calm demeanor, even in an emotionally tense situation.   When an individual reacts emotionally or lashes out in frustration, it’s a sign they lack self-regulation.  

# 3 Internal motivation

Intrinsic motivations are your internal drivers, such as an interest in a subject or your natural gifting in an area. Good leaders understand what motivates them.  They constantly assess their goals to ensure they are aligned with their internal motivators.

# 4 Empathy

Empathy is not only the ability to put yourself in other’s shoes, it also includes reading body language and hearing the emotion behind responses.  A good leader acknowledges to their staff they understand how they feel. When an employee feels heard, they are more likely to respect their manager and work harder.

# 5 Social Skills

Lastly, an admirable leader can communicate well, in both verbal and written forms.  They skillfully navigate uncomfortable situations with ease in order to defuse potential crises.  Not only that, they also recognize a job well-done with a timely compliment.     

How to Increase Your EQ 

Are you concerned that you might not have the EQ to be a great leader?  Don’t worry.  The good news is that emotional intelligence can be improved upon with practice and experience.   Read the full article here for additional tips on increasing your EQ score.  

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