When you hear the word “executive”, it conjures up images that are steely-eyed, serious, firm, and ready to take on any challenge. Your reputation is the most important thing in this business. Or is it? Most of the stereotypes we have about corporate leaders are more like those in movies than what they are in real life.
Successful leader has one thing in common: they are a successful leader.
True, there was a time when success meant having a strong image and being willing to hire and fire. Look at reality shows like The Apprentice that still use these old models. Today, it is not about being a great leader but how you use that power.
We believe emotional intelligence is the new standard for great leadership. Leaders who care can inspire their team to achieve the best.
You Must Understand
You can take a leadership course to be a positive role model. These programs will teach you how to motivate and inspire your employees. These programs can provide practical communication tips as well as advice on how you can constructively criticize. To achieve these things, you must first be open to taking a closer look at your self.
Emotional intelligence begins with self-awareness. Understanding your motivations and behaviours can help to identify with others. This is an important part of empathy and breaking down the divide between employees and managers. Try to imagine yourself in the shoes of others before you make decisions about how they will affect your department or team. Is the decision fair?
Everything Is Being a Good Listener
Leaders often confuse listening skills with the ability to diffuse situations quickly. While both are important, listening skills can be confused with the ability to find a solution quickly. This is not enough to tell employees what they want because it is only temporary.
Avoid being a manager who makes empty promises. Take the time to consider how you will respond to workplace problems. Do not make promises you don’t believe you can keep or talk to buy time. Honesty, transparency, and sincerity are the keys to emotional intelligence. Not just with words but with actions.
Emotional Doesn’t Have to Mean Irrational
It is important to distinguish between emotional leaders and those who jump to conclusions, make rash judgements, and take things too personally. Even in cases of unfair treatment, being a boss requires a lot of tact. Employees will sometimes rage, plan, undermine, or rebel against you.
Respect your position and show compassion, patience and empathy. Being a leader means solving problems constructively and rationally. You can find more information on how to create a positive work environment at work in the e-books and other learning materials.