Emotional intelligence, or EI, is one of the core elements of our Imminent developmental strategy. This attribute is what allows people to understand their own emotions and how their actions affect other people’s feelings. It also happens to be a vital quality for effective leadership, which is why we focus on it in our efforts to become stronger managers.
One reason EI is so valuable for leaders is that it enhances decision-making skills. Emotions might sway us one way or the other when facing a tough choice, but those with high levels of EI can objectively determine which is the best course of action. In our Imminent leadership training, we work to turn our strongest emotions into effective thought processes for this reason.
Being emotionally intelligent also helps managers stay focused on the present rather than obsess over the past or future. It’s essential to be mindful of what’s happening in the moment. We strive to be attentive without passing judgement, because it sets us up to make choices that are in our team’s best interest.
High EI enables leaders to quickly bounce back from any type of adversity. When we encounter unexpected outcomes, we want to extract the productive lessons from the experience and move on to new challenges. As we raise our EI levels, we become better at doing just that.
These are a few of the reasons we stress EI in our leadership training efforts. Find more of our best management insights by friending Imminent on Instagram.