Great leaders create a container, a context, a playground where their people reach higher and dig deeper. They form a gut-level connection with their people, with authenticity and passion, they create trust and drive — they are “people people” because their job is leading others, not “doing tasks.”  

breakthrough leadership with emotional intelligenceThis requires a remarkable blend of insight into what drives people (and themselves) and a robust set of tools for creating the right emotional conditions for performance.

“Everyone knows” that leadership is about influence, which requires building relationships.  “Everyone knows” that enrolling people in vision is central.  “Everyone knows” that feedback is invaluable.  So why doesn’t everyone do these things?

It’s not enough to know.  We need to engage the emotional side of the brain, and get it working together with the rational side.  There are thousands of leadership programs focused on the external behavior of leaders. Using emotional intelligence is about focusing on what’s inside — the core capabilities that allow people to build a climate and culture that supports exceptional leadership.

 

Recent Articles on Emotional Intelligence Business & Leadership:

Emotional Intelligence Fuels Vital Leadership: Three Essential Skills for High Performing Leaders (7/6/2020) by Joshua Freedman - What are the links between emotional intelligence and leadership performance? New research shows 66% of the variation in scores on leadership outcomes are predicted by five key leadership drivers – and people with higher emotional intelligence are seven times as likely to earn high scores on these factors. ...
Workplace Vitality Research: Trends in Leadership, Organization Performance and Emotional Intelligence (7/5/2020) by Joshua Freedman - What are the key challenges people face at work? How are organizations building the capacity to address these challenges? We began the study in 2007 (originally called the Workplace Issues Report) to understand how leaders were perceiving the people-side of their work -- and the role emotional intelligence place in performance. ...
Moment of Truth for Managers: Time to Change? (#15) (6/30/2020) by Joshua Freedman - We are in a time of change - are managers ready?  Join Jeff Kinsley - Managing Director International Learning and Development at FedEx;  Princess Ayers-Stewart - Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at REI; and Joshua Freedman - the CEO of Six Seconds, in powerful conversation to rethink the role  of Manger in today's context.  ...
The Coach Approach: Applying tools and methods of coaching to make work and life better (episode 9) (5/19/2020) by Six Seconds - A powerful conversation on how the tools and methods of coaching can help ALL of us right now ...
How to Fire Someone with Emotional Intelligence (11/19/2019) by Michael Miller - Firing someone is emotionally challenging. It’s easily one of the hardest aspects of leadership. Here are practical emotional intelligence tips to do it with compassion, clarity and calm. ...
Three Tools for Workplace Communication (11/19/2019) by Joshua Freedman - Communication in the workplace is a constant challenge. Fortunately, research on emotions and the brain has helped clarify key communication tools. ...
The World Needs Thriving Women Leaders, and Holistic Coaching is a Building Block (3/26/2019) by Michael Miller - This is the story of a small group of female L&D professionals in Peru who came together to get certified in the SEI - and walked away with a much deeper transformation. ...
EQ for a Change: How Coaching Leaders Fuel Motivation & Transformation (2/27/2019) by Six Seconds - Change is a test of leadership. Expert coaches share their experiences of what works for leaders to apply insights from neuroscience and emotional intelligence to this challenge. ...
Accountable Communication: The 4 Questions to Ask Yourself (1/15/2019) by Joshua Freedman - Make clear commitments without wiggle room and you will empower yourself and others. ...
Lessons from Patagonia (5/15/2018) by Paul Stillman - What lessons can we learn from a pioneering company to build community and good business?  Here are six insights from Patagonia's journey to create alignment and commitment to a shared purpose. ...

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