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How Emotional Intelligence Can Help You Be a Better Leader in 2019

March 6, 2019

Jo Maddocks, Chief Psychologist from JCA Global, a PSI Business, has been featured on a special report by Raconteur Future of Talent Management, in The Times and The Sunday Times.

Emotional Intelligence LeadersAs the modern workforce shifts and evolves, so does the way we manage current and future talent. The Future of Talent Management special report explores the qualities needed by business leaders, particularly as a new generation of millennial managers rise up the ladder. It covers how traditional views of performance are impacting employee mental health, the inadequacies of cultural fit, and whether algorithms hold the secret to hiring the perfect candidate. Also featured is an infographic on the reasons why businesses must prioritize employee engagement in order to thrive.

Within the article “Five Ways to be a Better Leader in 2019,” emotional intelligence features as the number one solution. Jo Maddocks explains how it supports the development of better leaders in a modern-day business.

“Intelligent use of emotions is pivotal. It boils down to how you motivate people, so if you want yourself and your team to perform effectively, both you and they need to be in a positive emotional state. This means managing your own emotions in the moment. As a leader, a lot of it is about influence. So think about what will galvanize and get the best out of others. Sometimes this means putting a bit of pressure on so your team pulls out the stops for a while and at others it means creating a positive, energized but calm environment.

To do this requires self-awareness and awareness of others at an emotional level. Leaders who are in touch with themselves recognize their blind spots, but they are also aware of what others’ strengths are and bring them on board. So they understand other people. While in the past, leaders were promoted on the back of their knowledge and competencies, it is becoming much more important to influence others and manage.”

Download the full report here.

Interested in learning more about emotional intelligence? Check out The Book of EI

Silvana Andrade is a Digital Marketing Manager at PSI Services, International, based in London, UK.