As a leader, it is important to be highly valued. While there are many leadership attributes that add to a leader's value, one of the most critical though is to have the ability to create harmony in the workplace and get the feedback you need to be effective. Doing this focuses you and your employees on being productive.
Emotional Intelligence (EI) enhances your leadership ability because it creates harmony. Studies indicates our moods affect others in the workplace and at home. Harmony helps create a productive, collaborative environment and a healthy team spirit. How often have you noticed an increase in tension in a meeting when someone is worried about implementing a new program?
Do you know how to create harmony?
This can be done by:
- Rallying people around a worthy goal.
- Using your self-awareness to stay in touch with the truth about yourself and your feelings.
- Using self-management to express your emotions appropriately.
- Being a good listener with others; this does not mean you have to agree with them.
- Being energetic and enthusiastic.
The most effective leadership or management style uses a combination of EI and IQ or cognitive ability. IQ tends to be set; EI is not. While learning to improve EI is self-directed, it cannot be done in isolation. In addition, it is learned through practice, feedback and repetition over time.
To be a highly valued leader, you must:
- Be self-aware.
- Manage yourself appropriately.
- Have empathy with your employees.
To do this, you need to create a safe space for learning and feedback which is focused on strengths and emotional and intellectual intelligence.
As you are promoted into a management position, it is often difficult to get honest feedback about the effectiveness of your leadership style. Most employees instinctively want to please their boss and are hesitant to give you negative feedback. Unfortunately, this decreases your self-awareness and effective leadership development.
Change occurs when you are able to communicate your vision through a process that affects individuals, teams, and the organization’s culture. A coaching process provides the essential feedback needed for your continued awareness and skill building. It is an ideal way to provide a safe context for change to occur and give you the feedback you need to be a highly effective leader.
As a leader, what do you do to create harmony and a safe space for your continued continued learning and feedback?
Until next time,