Indeed, the path to leadership is more than merely getting a job done. In this particular job role, there are no predefined set of tasks that need to be completed in a said order. This involves interacting with people in a manner such that you do not just motivate the people working under you but extract the maximum efficiency out of them. The better you are at getting productivity out of them, the more efficient you are said to be at your job.
In such a situation, it is obvious that emotional intelligence on your part is as important as technical knowledge (if not more important). Now, we understand that emotional intelligence is innate and there is no definite curriculum to teach the same to an individual. However, there are certain tips that one learns with experience that help them become a better leader.
In order to help you out, this article brings to you 7 such emotional intelligence tips which if followed rigorously will enable you to become a better leader and have your subordinates have greater faith in you. Needless to say, this will increase the productivity of the entire team.
1. Learn To Praise
This is a very crucial skill for any leader. You must know when to praise and just how much to do it. When your team members feel that their efforts are being appreciated, they will be motivated to put in more efforts. As a leader, it is your duty to inspire the loyalty of your team by praising the deserving members.
2. Respond To Feelings
The main trick here is to understand the emotions behind spoken words. As for example, let us consider a situation wherein you ask subordinates to work late and even though they are not happy about it, they agree. If you are empathetic, you will be able to sense the disappointment in their voice.
Go ahead and make them realise how you appreciate their willingness to put in those extra hours. This will make them feel better. If possible, talk to them about how frustrated you are about having to stay back yourself. It will be a good idea to try to consider compensating for the same in another manner (by allowing them to leave early on some other day).
3. Keep A Journal
The journal that you keep may either be digital in nature or it may be in hard pen and paper. In either case, maintaining a journal is a crucial element of self-awareness which is one of the pillars of good leadership.
By spending a mere couple of minutes on a daily basis to pen down your thoughts, you can move to a higher degree of self-awareness. This will drive you to deal with your team in a more efficient manner.
4. Know Your Values
As a leader, there will be times when you will have to make ethical decisions. At such times, nothing else will stand by you like that of your personal values. During our childhood, a value system is inculcated in us by our family. As we grow older, we often become so engrossed in the happenings of the real world that we tend to ignore this aspect of our lives altogether.
In order to be a good leader, it is important for you to take time out of your busy schedule and re-examine your personal code of ethics. By doing so, you will not have to think twice when you actually face an ethical or moral decision in your life.
5. Hold Yourself Accountable
No matter what your domain is, there will be times when things will go wrong under your leadership. How you react under those situations is what will set you apart. Make it a practise to ensure that you do not shout at others in such situations. As a leader, you must hold yourself accountable for the actions of your team.
6. Do Not Overreact
As a leader, there may be times when you have to behave strictly with your employees in order to get work done. However, you must have control over your anger. Make it a practise to slow down and contemplate why you are experiencing those emotions whenever you feel angry.
No matter how demanding the situation is, the way you react to it will always be your personal choice. By planning things out, you will have better control over your emotions and this will ensure that you do not end up overreacting.
7. Re-examine Why You Are Doing This Job
You can do justice to your job only when you are self-motivated. Often, by working in a field for a certain number of years, they lose out on the zeal and motivation that they initially possessed. We understand that leadership is taxing in itself and there may be times when you will not want to do the job at all.
At such times, it is always worth the effort to sit back and recall why you wanted this career in the first place. It has been scientifically proven that staring at the root of your problem with an open mind helps you to find a solution to the same.
Indeed, emotional intelligence is a personal matter and cannot be dictated to an individual in terms of 7 (or more) tips. However, with these few tips, we aim to put you on a track of self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation and empathy which will help you to discover your own secrets of emotional intelligence. Here's wishing you the very best of luck on this beautiful journey.