Emotional Intelligence: The Most Underrated Skill of Them All

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Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to understand, manage, and use your own emotions and the emotions of others. It is a key skill for every manager, as it allows them to build strong relationships with their team members, resolve conflict effectively, and create a positive work environment.

Why is emotional intelligence important?

Here are some specific reasons why emotional intelligence is important for managers:

  1. To build strong relationships. Managers who are emotionally intelligent are better able to build strong relationships with their team members. They are more likely to be supportive, understanding, and empathetic, which creates a more positive and productive work environment.
  2. To resolve conflict effectively. When conflict arises, managers who are emotionally intelligent are better able to resolve it effectively. They are more likely to stay calm and objective, and they are better able to understand the perspectives of all parties involved
  3. To create a positive work environment. Managers who are emotionally intelligent are better able to create a positive work environment. They are more likely to be motivating and inspiring, and they are more likely to create a culture of trust and respect
  4. To improve decision-making. Managers who are emotionally intelligent are better able to make sound decisions. They are more likely to consider all the relevant factors, and they are less likely to let their emotions cloud their judgment.
  5. To boost employee morale and productivity. Employees who feel valued and respected are more likely to be motivated and productive. Managers who are emotionally intelligent are better able to create a work environment where employees feel valued and respected.

Top tips for developing emotional intelligence

Overall, emotional intelligence is a valuable skill for managers. It can help them to build strong relationships, resolve conflict effectively, create a positive work environment, and improve decision-making. If you are a manager, or if you aspire to be a manager, it is important to develop your emotional intelligence skills.

Here are some tips for developing your emotional intelligence skills:

  1. Be aware of your own emotions. The first step to developing emotional intelligence is to be aware of your own emotions. Pay attention to how you feel in different situations, and try to understand why you are feeling that way
  2. Manage your emotions effectively. Once you are aware of your own emotions, you can start to manage them effectively. This means learning how to express your emotions in a healthy way, and how to control your emotions when they are getting the best of you
  3. Be empathetic to others. Emotional intelligence also involves being empathetic to others. This means being able to understand and share the feelings of others.
  4. Build relationships. Emotional intelligence is also about building relationships. When you have strong relationships with your team members, you are better able to motivate and inspire them
  5.  Be a good communicator. Communication is another important part of emotional intelligence. When you are a good communicator, you are able to express your ideas clearly and effectively, and you are also able to listen to others without judgment.

All our apprenticeship programmes include training on emotional intelligence and we all know that providing teams with training and development opportunities is fundamental to ensuring long term motivation – often more than a pay rise. Now is an ideal opportunity to upskill your teams, improve employee engagement and drive business improvements all for little or no cost.

 

Our apprenticeship programs are a great way to stay ahead of the pack in today’s fast-paced business environment and can help you promote a culture of continuous growth and excellence, creating a future that your employees want to be part of.

 

From management to IT & cyber security, from health and safety marketing to business administration or logistics management, we have you covered. To find out more about how we may be able to help you, or to book a free, no-obligation consultation please email pam@bragd.co.uk or call us on 020 4576 0290.

 

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