Emotional Intelligence (‘EI’) has never been more important for leaders than now. But what does it mean?
EI is commonly described as recognising and managing your own emotions, and those of other people. This article from Eton Bridge Partners describes the characteristics in more detail and suggests studies that show the link between resilient leadership and performance.
Lockdown has required an extraordinary response from business leaders. They have had to encourage and motivate remote teams of people working at home, help colleagues remain focused and productive away from the office, as well as look after their own emotional wellbeing. (We know the advice: put your own oxygen mask on before helping others.) It is not easy. There’s huge commercial uncertainty and everyone has been working under pressure. But in this environment, those with a more strongly developed emotional intelligence can thrive, and their teams will have felt supported throughout the disruption. But in this environment, those with a more strongly developed emotional intelligence can thrive, and their teams will have felt supported throughout the disruption. You can read the Eton Bridge Blog by clicking the link button above.
To be effective and successful in your career as a NED you are assumed to have the right technical skills and knowledge to be on the board, but to be more effective and have an impact you also need the right mindset. A large part of your mindset is based on Emotional Intelligence.
The good news is that, with the help of coaching and mentoring, you can still develop and practice this skill until it becomes a habit and eventually part of your characteristics.
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