The most successful leaders today have not only mastered technical skills, they've also mindful and have mastered emotional intelligence competence.
Commonly known as people or interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence skills like managing conflict, building a respectful workplace, and maintaining positive relationships are key to a mindful leader’s success.
Here are three emotional intelligence skills mindful leaders need to be successful followed by tips to develop them:
1. Maintaining professionalism
Maintaining professionalism can be extremely difficult for today's leaders who are friendly with many of their employees, but recognizing the line between work life and personal life and striking a balance in between is critical.
Tip: Establish clear boundaries if you work with friends, be fair to all subordinates regardless of friendships, and avoid the perception of offering any special treatment or favors.
2. Managing change
People respond to change in many different ways. In professional settings, employees will often look to their leaders during times of constant change for reassurance, guidance, and a sense of stability. Mindful leaders are consistent and bring clarity to the mission of the organization.
Tip: Give employees the opportunity to share their thoughts, focus on the positive, and remain available to answer questions in the spirit of discovery and dialogue.
3. Managing resistance
Leaders will always face resistance, and the way they handle opposition determines a great deal about how they are perceived by employees.
Tip: Handle resistance with grace by focusing on the issue and remaining non-confrontational, taking responsibility if you contributed to an issue, and asking for the resistors' help in coming to a problem's resolution.
Dr. Maynard Brusman
Consulting Psychologist and Executive Coach
Trusted Leadership Advisor
Emotional Intelligence & Mindful Leadership
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