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How Emotional Intelligence Helps You Lead Better

Having emotional intelligence is an important part of leading your team. This helps elevate everything from the employee experience to company performance.

Showing emotional intelligence enhances the technical skills you have as a manager. It deepens your understanding of yourself, your team, and how an individual’s thoughts and actions affect the company’s success.

Discover how displaying emotional intelligence helps you effectively lead your team.


Your ability to recognize and understand your moods, emotions, and motivations and their impact on others is important. This lets you establish an accurate internal measure that aligns with the people around you.

For instance, if you are having a stressful day, you may not feel like talking with your team member who has a question. However, your self-awareness would remind you that respectfully answering the question is the most effective way to handle the situation. It shows you value your team’s performance and want to fill their needs.

Appropriately interacting with your team promotes employee motivation, engagement, and productivity. This leads to higher job satisfaction, employee morale, and retention.


Your commitment to personal accountability matters. You need to embrace your high standards, so your behavior remains professional.

For instance, reminding yourself not to get upset when your team needs help solving a problem is important. However, thinking about your ability to positively impact your team in a valuable manner is even more effective. Your team is likely to respect and follow you when you treat them respectfully.

Internal Motivation

Your passion for your work needs to go beyond money and title. This involves understanding how your personal drivers align with the drivers of your team and company. You can use this motivation to encourage personal and team performance and success.

For instance, knowing your team members’ personal drivers helps you understand what it takes to help them reach company goals. This impacts how you interact with your team to help them attain their objectives.


Your ability to understand and share another person’s feelings matters. This lets you put yourself in their situation to gain an idea of what they may be going through. It also helps determine how your actions may impact others.

Showing empathy elevates employee happiness, engagement, and performance. This increases innovation, job satisfaction, and retention.

Social Skills

Your ability to use the knowledge and insight you continue to develop lets you positively interact with others. This helps you develop relationships with your employees and deal with challenges. It also helps you strengthen communication and resolve conflicts.

For instance, you can prioritize giving praise as one of your top social skills. You also can work to make giving praise part of your company culture. Regularly praising others creates a work environment that promotes employee connectivity, collaboration, and retention.

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