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Five Essential Components of Emotional Intelligence 

Self Regulation

Leaders have  to know how to channel their emotions. Learning to deal with frustration and other negative aspects will have a positive impact on those they are under their managing. A leader who can’t control his emotions, won’t be able to earn his team’s trust and will have workers who are not engaged with work.

Self Awareness

Leaders need to be able to recognize their emotions and understanding them. If you are aware of your strengths and weaknesses you can do the same for your team.

Empathy

It’s important for a leader to understand others feelings, as it will help make better decisions. Having a high level of empathy helps connect with other people on an emotional level, helping them respond genuinely to concerns.

Motivation

To achieve goals, a leader needs to have self motivation. The ability to keep pushing towards the objective, through the obstacles is key to help a team navigate complications and guide them on the road to success.

Communication

Leaders with emotional intelligence will be better at measuring the way they communicate with others, and will make an effort so their employees can voice their concerns. A leader needs to be able to listen and create an open environment for communication, while doing so, they not only build trust within their teams, they also help avoid misunderstandings, and contribute to conflict resolutions.

 

Emotional Intelligence & Team Building

When creating a team is important to analyze what each individual brings to the group, and how their strengths and flaws will impact in the dynamic. An effective team will not only work well together, but also enhance the virtues of its members. These are the things you should focus on when starting a new team.

 

Adaptability

Another thing you need to know is if they are willing to adapt. Is normal for teams to have setbacks, and you need to make sure that your team won’t fall apart in times of adversity. As a leader you need to be calm under unfavourable circumstances and it’s important that your employees are able to do the same.

Build Relationships

A common mistake managers make when building a team is focusing only on technical and academic knowledge. You need to learn more about each member of your team, know what they are passionate about, what makes them feel discouraged. This will help you select the right people, and match the skills with problems that might occur.

Have Team Identity

Your employees need to feel like they belong, and in a group this is fundamental. Define what goals should be achieved and the role every person is going to play, discuss as a group how to proceed and what could be improved. A team grows stronger when its members feel like they have a purpose.

Promote Emotional Awareness

Just like a leader needs to be in touch with his emotions, is important for a team to notice and respect the feelings of their members. Workers need to feel valued, not just by their bosses but also by their peer..Leaders should encourage teams to work through their differences while maintaining respect..

A team that is emotionally aware has the ability to listen to feedback and seek ways to continue improving. This will keep the group morale up, and maintain cooperation amongst members.

Build Group Trust

In order for a team to success, they need to trust each other.  It’s important for a leader to promote situations where employees can bond. It could be as simple as asking them to talk about their hobbies as a group, or taking the crew for coffee one time. The vital thing here is connecting.

Just as Leaders need to be able to connect with their team, group members have to get to get to know one another, and learn about the positive things everyone can apport. Having trust in the group will help them stay focused, even on times of difficulty.

Have a Sense Of Group Efficacy

It’s essential that team members have a sense of group efficacy. Believing that they are better working as a team, and that the team performance will showcase the best of their strengths.

If members are confident in their team and their ability to work together, they stay engaged and learn to prioritize between what they want as individuals and what is more convenient for the group. This means sometimes putting aside egos, or understanding that the group solution to a problem is more effective than the one a member might have. The beauty about team mentality is that it individuals learn to play as a collective, becoming more efficient in the process.

 

Author: Brittnay Sharman

Brittnay was an HR professional in London before making the move to Dublin. Now she spends her housesitting and exploring the beaches of Dublin. Her love of travel and house sitting is captured on The Travelling House Sitters

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