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4 Keys to Applying Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

No business leader today can operate at full productivity without a sense of, as emotional intelligence's godfathers, Salovey and Mayer, put it, “the effective regulation of emotion in self and others.” Four key ways to use this powerful tool in the workplace are to hire effectively, address conflict, honor differences, and to reduce stress through judicious use of humor. 

3 Ways Great Leaders Empower Others

Confidence is contagious. Great leaders know that they must themselves be confident in their work and vision, but they must also help their employees to feel confident in their own work. Managers control power; great leaders empower others, consciously sharing power to others so that the leader’s work becomes less burdensome and the organization benefits from many sources of original thinking. Great leaders empower others by sharing knowledge, giving autonomy, and stirring passionate, responsible thinking. 

The Role Psychology Plays in Leadership

Understanding the nuances of psychology is an invaluable business coaching skill for today’s leaders. Though many of us lack the formal training to use psychology to address genuine mental health concerns, a bit of basic psychology can be helpful in dealing with followers and employees. It is often key to unlocking their potential. 

Leadership Qualities: How Consistent is Your Behavior?

A good leader can set the tone for an entire project, or even a whole business. Their behavior sets expectations and standards for the rest of the team. As a leader, maintaining awareness of your behavior and ensuring that it stays consistent helps to stabilize the work and goals of the project.

Compassion: The Key to Emotional Intelligence and Successful Leadership

Leadership is not management. Compassion is not weakness. Too often we use negatives to frame positives, as a way to eliminate non-examples. The effect may increase our clarity, but it often puts a heavy penalty on the very thing we want to amplify. Machines, time, and animals can be managed, but people must be led. Similarly, leadership can express itself in the person of a benign dictator, a malevolent overlord, or an emotionally connected guide.

3 Benefits of Emotional Intelligence Skill-Building for Leaders

Among C-suites, return on investment (ROI) drives a majority of decisions. So the thoughtful leader may be challenged to defend investment in emotional intelligence to the CFO or others. What will you have to show for building skills in emotional intelligence among key employees, or for yourself?

Which Leadership Competencies are Vital for Growing a Business?

The universe operates at two scales: microscopic and macroscopic. If you are presented two pictures without context, you could be challenged to distinguish between something infinitesimally small or monumentally large. Try this for yourself. This is not a question of vision—you can see the field clearly—or even perspective (you are towering over the field, an omniscient presence), but of context.

Transform Your Leadership Style With Emotional Intelligence

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.

Overcoming Challenges Entrepreneurs Face

As a group, entrepreneurs face common challenges. Fortunately, they also share personal traits that can help them overcome these challenges with skill and confidence.

This is the consensus of Professor Ed Hess, who studied 54 entrepreneurial companies in 23 states across the country to write, Growing an Entrepreneurial Business: Concepts & Cases.

5 Steps To Better Relationships With Your Subordinates

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:

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