Have you ever wondered about the benefits of emotional intelligence in the workplace?
If you’re a leader of an organization or you own a business, there is a good chance that you have pondered this question.
Increased team performance, improved decision-making, advanced leadership ability, better personal well-being, less occupational stress and reduced staff turnover. All desirable features of a positive workforce and all outcomes of good emotional intelligence.
What are some of the other benefits of strengthened emotional intelligence?
People will recognize that challenges actually help them to grow and failure is seen as an opportunity to grow. People will have confidence to learn and to try new things. Feedback is constructive and team members will be inspired by one another. They will support each other, and effort and people will understand that attitude and effort determine their abilities and success.
Abundance is the opposite of scarcity. There is tremendous pressure nowadays to continually renew, buy more, work harder, compete; when is it enough? Emotional intelligence promotes gratitude. “If you look at what you have, you will always have more” (Oprah Winfrey)
I can’t say enough about the value of empathy. Putting yourself in the shoes of others and experiencing their reality, helps you to understand the perspective of others and how they may be impacted by various situations and conversations.
Constructive Interpersonal Relationships
Teamwork, team building, and team decisions are important for producing results. Sometimes people don’t get along, or conflict arises. Emotional intelligence increases personal competencies of self-awareness and self-management. It also strengthens social competencies like social awareness and social skills.
Creative Problem Solving
People will have the confidence and trust to share ideas, offer input and innovate. Fear of criticism is gone and a true interest in product or program development becomes the norm. Staff motivation and enthusiasm are unleashed.
It is evident that emotional intelligence can benefit your bottom line, program goals and staff morale.
But how do you get there?
Empowering the emotional intelligence of staff through training and professional development opportunities is a way to start. A third-party facilitator can provide workshops and training and periodically, a coach can work with you and your team to help you stay focused and on track.
It’s an investment that will give you great return!