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Emotionally-Intelligent Leadership Number 10

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Challenge #10: Emotional Intelligence as a ‘whole system’ solution

Leaders need to understand that Emotional Intelligence is a ‘whole system’ benefit; a positive and enduring solution. An investment for now & the long term.

The new leadership is organisation-wide.  Every team member is part of the whole system.  Emotional Intelligence at WorkEveryone needs to step up, speak up, and contribute their different skills and strengths – and feel valued for their contribution.

The challenge is to turn this approach into daily practice – not a one-off training session.

This means that, as well as the ‘Plan, Do, Review’ cycle, teams take the time to learn, think and create as part of that cycle.

Just as we schedule Monday morning review meetings, to stop and measure progress against the plan, we can also schedule time to make room for the invisible benefits of learning, reflection and innovation.

One way of kicking this off is to grow more emotionally-intelligent leaders.

For example, Leadership Coaching Skills support the development of emotionally-intelligent leaders and empower people to be more personally successful and to enable success in others.  Emotionally-intelligent skills development also enables people to be more coach-like in their own leadership too – which has a positive impact on the whole system.

Leadership coaching has personal benefits and builds capacity in the organisation.

  • It’s about being personally successful, and enabling success in others.
  • It’s required at personal, team, and organisational levels
  • It builds the leadership capacity of the organisation

One key way of delivering success is for leaders to build great teams. A cohesive team will out-perform a group of individual high-achievers any time.  Emotionally-intelligent leadership is both about the performance of the team – delivering to high standards.  It’s also about the positivity and engagement of the team – taking pride in that delivery – and in the colleagues who worked together – despite the challenges along the way.


Author: Helen Caton Hughes

Leadership and Team Coach based on inspirational and practical tools. Works with leaders around the world; trains coaches to International Coach Federation standards. Passionate about finding best ways for leaders to inspire themselves and get the best from their teams

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