Mar 04, 2021 | 3
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3 Ways EQ Makes You a Better Leader [Infographic]

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the key for leaders who want to stand out from the crowd. Here are the 3 ways that developing your EQ will help you transform your leadership style and lead your team to success.

Helps You Focus on YOU

Only 2.6% of management are highly engaged. Forbes1

Employee engagement is a hot topic right now, but it often stops being considered when it reaches the leadership level. Most leaders are actively disengaged from their work, and by extension, their team.

2 of the 5 factors of EQ that we measure at TTI Success Insights are self-awareness and self-regulation. It’s hard to fix a problem if you don’t know it exists, so that’s where EQ starts. As soon as you look inward, you’re already on the path to being a successful leader.

Improves Communication

78% of business leaders are focused on improving their engagements with employees. Harvard Business School2

Leaders can no longer just dictate and expect work to magically get done by their team. Workers are now looking for a company that really cares about their employees, a mission they can believe in, and a leader they can be proud to work under.

That’s where social awareness and social regulation come into play. These factors measure how well you understand the emotions of others, and how you can influence the emotional clarity of others. The best leaders are observing and listening before acting.

Increases Empathy

96% of employees believe showing empathy is an important way to advance employee retention. Forbes3

People want to believe in their work and themselves. The role of a leader is to empower them to do just that through support and development. That process is driven by the fifth factor of EQ, motivation. Motivation is the passion to work for reasons that go beyond external drive — it’s an internal fire.

Use that fire to light others up, and you’ll be amazed at the results that come back to you.

Reference

1 2 “21+ Inspiring Leadership Statistics” https://goremotely.net/blog/leadership-statistics/

3 “10 Timely Statistics About The Connection Between Employee Engagement And Wellness” https://goremotely.net/blog/leadership-statistics/

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