More Impactful Leadership starts with Emotional Intelligence

Why Emotional Intelligence is important

More Impactful Leadership starts with Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to understand and manage our own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. This skill is becoming increasingly recognised as a critical component of effective leadership and management in the business world – and a reliable predictor of effective leadership. Furthermore, unlike IQ, having a high level of emotional intelligence (EI), is not something set in stone. Rather, emotional intelligence is a skill we can develop throughout our lives and careers.

Why is Emotional Intelligence Important?

  1. Improved Relationships: EI helps leaders and managers to build stronger relationships with their employees and coworkers, leading to a more positive and productive work environment.
  2. Better Decision-Making: EI enables leaders and managers to understand the emotional context of situations, allowing them to make decisions that consider the impact on all stakeholders.
  3. Enhanced Communication: With EI, leaders and managers are better equipped to communicate with others, especially in difficult or emotionally charged situations. This leads to a more open and effective dialogue and reduces the likelihood of conflict.
  4. Increased Resilience: EI also helps leaders and managers to be more resilient in the face of stress and adversity. This enables them to maintain their composure and continue to make sound decisions, even in challenging circumstances.
  5. Better Employee Performance: EI has been shown to be a strong predictor of employee performance, as well as job satisfaction and retention. By fostering a positive and supportive work environment, leaders and managers who are emotionally intelligent can motivate and engage their employees to reach their full potential.


The Components of Emotional Intelligence

Emotionally Intelligent Leaders and Managers continuously work on the component parts of emotional intelligence (EI). Daniel Goleman – who first coined the term emotional intelligence, states that emotional intelligence comprises five core components, these being: 


  1. Self-Awareness:
    Self-awareness in emotional intelligence refers to the capacity to recognise one’s own emotions, thoughts, and feelings and understand their impact on oneself and others.
  2. Self-Regulation:
    Self-regulation refers to the ability to manage one’s own emotions, thoughts, and behaviours in response to various stimuli, in order to achieve personal, team, and organisational goals.
  3. Motivation:
    Motivation in the context of emotional intelligence refers to the ability to harness one’s emotions and apply them towards achieving personal and professional goals, and maintaining a positive and open mindset even in the face of adversity.
  4. Empathy:
    The capacity and ability to understand and share the feelings of others, and to put oneself in their shoes, in order to build trust and foster positive relationships.
  5. Social Skills:
    Refers to the leader’s ability to effectively interact with others, build and maintain positive relationships, resolve conflicts, and navigate social situations. From a communication perspective, this represents the ability to effectively express one’s thoughts, feelings, and needs, as well as listen to and understand others’ perspectives, in order to build trust and foster positive relationships

Considering the above – could your teams benefit from enhancing these vital skills and abilities?

In conclusion, emotional intelligence is a vital skill for leaders and managers. By developing your emotional intelligence (EI), you can improve your relationships, make better decisions, communicate more effectively, and lead your teams to success.

Want to keep up to date with all the latest news, trends & insights? Follow us on LinkedIn or connect to the OMT Newsletter to receive relevant updates and content directly to you.


OMT Global

Established in 1989, OMT works with large organisations to develop the leadership skills of their people managers, from first-time leaders right through to senior-level executives. We provide a range of consultancy, training and development services for organisations that want to further develop and retain their talent. OMT excels in helping organisations move from ad hoc or one-off efforts to a new way of behaving and working.

Talk to us about how we can help you and your organisation