When considering the traits of a great manager, many think of determination, positivity, confidence and decisiveness. Emotional intelligence might top your list, and there are many reasons why it should.
How can you make your business team more productive? Today's employees aren't drones stuck in cubicles like a Dilbert cartoon. Your subordinates live in a social media world and expect personal engagement. Here are 5 ways to better relationships with your subordinates:
Organizational changes tend to occur in reaction to specific circumstances or unforeseen events. Is it even possible, then, to develop a plan for change? The answer is yes, and here’s why. In order to transform themselves efficiently and quickly, organizations need to plan in advance for the methods they’ll use to develop the mind-set and skills necessary to lead change.
As an organization navigates the waters of growth, it will hit periods where a transformational change is needed. These are beyond the range of your usual, everyday goal adjustments, and could reflect a complete makeover for your business. These are the moments of challenge and opportunity that can be high-stakes for your company.
For some, the image of William Wallace giving an inspirational speech to his fellow countrymen before they go to battle in the movie Bravehart comes to mind. Others may think of Tom Hanks’ character Capt. Miller in Saving Private Ryan as he leads the 2nd Ranger Battalion on the beaches of Normandy. Others would like to think of business leaders like Sam Walton (Walmart) and Ray Kroc (McDonald’s). But these are leaders from another time.
The skills and approaches that will guide leaders through a journey of expanded influence are known and learnable. These aspects can be found in the research on high-performing organizations and the research on neuroscience. This research is now becoming clear with regard to how a leader’s engagement style can be quantified through performance measures. While there are many correlations to success in emotional intelligence for leaders, we start with two fundamental differences in approach.
It may be easy for you to lead but only an inspirational leader will help create effective and lasting change. Leadership and change are tied tightly together, as you rarely lead people to where they already are. New undertakings and directions are achieved when people see the world in new ways and spend their days doing different things.