Good leaders nurture and bring forward the best qualities in people as they know how to motivate through positive example and encouragement. However, what motivates one person might not motivate another. If a leader focuses only on one form of motivational strategy that can lead to a homogenous team. The outcome can be that potentially good performers are “lost” resulting in a team that may not be as creative and adaptable as it could otherwise have been. Employees or teams with weak morale have higher turnover and, naturally, that is a deterrent in terms of boosting creativity and performance of any business.
In order to build and maintain a team that is dynamic, enthusiastic and able to adapt to a wide range of challenges a leader needs to be able to transform his or her enthusiasm and vision to the team as seamlessly and naturally as possible. One of the greatest assets in achieving this mission is a leader that possesses high emotional intelligence.
An emotionally intelligent leader is one that has a strong ability to recognize the emotional state of those around him in an effective and sound fashion. Leaders with high emotional intelligence recognize and understand that emotions are a form of energy that can be powerful motivators if nurtured positively and correctly.
Such leaders also understand that if emotions are not nurtured and stimulated positively, the result will be lagging teamwork and lower personal growth of employees leading to diminishing productivity in the company. Recognizing the arrays of emotions in the work environment and cultivating the positive in people while culling the negative can lead to a workplace that is healthier and more attractive to valuable employees.
Attitudes are contagious and negative attitudes are often the result of negative emotions. A good leader with high emotional intelligence can spot these issues early and take steps to rectify the matter before it grows into a larger issue within the team and the organization.
An integral part of building a strong team and an effective workplace includes teaching employees the principles of emotional intelligence so they can better identify and work with their own string of emotions, thus, be in control of their emotional wellbeing. An employee or a team member that is in control of his or her emotional life will transform that positive energy to others.
A leader with high emotional intelligence understands that employees come from a wide range of backgrounds and have different ways of approaching obstacles in life and work. Such a leader adapts his management strategy to this reality while building and maintaining a team that is more content and more effective as the emotional elements of individual team members are understood and accommodated.
For this reason, emotional intelligence is a key ingredient in the long-term vigor of any company.
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