Tips On Improving Your Emotional Intelligence As A Leader

Effective leaders often must display many different attributes. One such skill is emotional intelligence. Sometimes also referred to as emotional quotient, emotional intelligence is the individual capacity to use one’s own feelings to influence others in positive ways.

Successful executives and managers often utilize this skill to foster better relationships between themselves and subordinates, encourage people to overcome difficult circumstances, resolve personal or interoffice disputes, and communicate with greater efficacy. Leaders might improve this pertinent attribute by employing tips such as:

Demonstrate Empathy
Superiors demonstrate significant emotional intelligence by showing empathy. Those who are empathetic do not render immediate assumptions about other people. Such individuals make a concerted effort to understand the circumstances someone else is facing before making judgments or assertions. 

Take Adversity In Its Stride
At one time or another, everyone will face some type of adversity. Setbacks come in all shapes and sizes and might include a failed relationship, financial hardship, lost job, or death of a loved one. Emotionally intelligent leaders accept such events as temporary pitfalls that do not define them or their future. Taking setbacks in their stride does not mean ignoring them or trying to downplay the serious nature of such events. However, competent leaders will possess the ability to face personal and professional adversity without allowing what happened to have a negative influence on their staff members. 

Identify And Eliminate Potential Stressors
In many instances, little stressors can precipitate big aggravation. That said, emotionally intelligent leaders do not allow stress to impact their mood or ability to govern effectively. In fact, such individuals will eliminate stressors wherever and whenever they possibly can. 

Resolve Conflict
Emotionally intelligent leaders understand how toxic conflict can be. Ergo, such individuals strive to identify and resolve conflict before such disputes progress into more complicated situations. If left unchecked, burgeoning conflicts can precipitate underlying tension that brings about toxic work environments that could ultimately threaten productivity levels. 

Be Genuine
Most emotionally intelligent leaders are truly genuine. Such individuals communicate in clear and concise language. Moreover, these subjects do not demonstrate any false pretenses. They are honest, mean what they say, and encourage others to display the same behaviors. 

About The Author
Janine Getler is a real estate attorney and the Principal of Getler, Gomes & Sutton PC, a real estate and construction law firm in New York. She brings over 25 years of professional experience working in law, and is known as a leader in the industry. Follow Janine Getler on Crunchbase to learn more!

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