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Emotional Intelligence Isn’t Just for the Gushy

Emotional Intelligence Isn’t Just for the Gushy

To thrive, organizations must constantly analyze how work actually gets done – successfully and efficiently. It seems that teams are where it’s at, but be mindful of their emotional intelligence.

By 2020, emotional intelligence will be one of the top 10 job skills.*

Putting a team together doesn’t automatically lead to something great. “It requires an intentional process to produce teams that have a better and deeper understanding of their diversity,” shares Ed Chaffin, Managing Director of IMPACT Group. “Teams left to their own devices will perform sub-optimally. Teams that are intentionally developed at the front end accelerate their performance.”

In order for teams to quickly bond and respond to challenges, they need to better understand each other and their strengths. Cue team emotional intelligence (Team EQTM).

Take teams from good to great.

Emotional intelligence – your ability to express emotions and read the emotions of others – isn’t only relevant in your one-on-one relationships. It’s a vital part of what brings teams together or forces them apart.

Individuals on your team – those you sit next to or communicate with every day – are the network you leverage to move projects forward. Understanding what makes them tick delivers immediate advantages. “Once a team steps back to understand their strengths, blind spots, and differences, they can quickly create common agreements and a greater understanding of their collective assets,” Ed points out. “This gain in Team EQ leads to extraordinary things.”

Turn different personalities into opportunities.

High EQ teams understand what stressors have the potential to derail progress, and they know what to do about them. Most importantly, they trust one another. As a result, high EQ teams are more cohesive, more committed, and more effective.

How can remote teams benefit from all the Team EQ mojo? “Remote employees may feel it is hard for their voice to be heard unless managers and team members make a conscious effort to engage them,” Ed comments. Make it a point to build bonds with those you don’t share office space with. “Seeing and being seen is valuable in eliminating misperceptions. Create ways for team members to engage with one another face-to-face – even if it’s over web conferencing – whenever possible.” Reach out to your remote team members regularly, not just in team meetings. Find common ground. Talk about your interests. Embrace the difference you bring to the table.

Ready to build your Team EQ?

A blended development approach accelerates EQ development. By leveraging assessments, one-on-one coaching, in-person workshops, and interactive projects, teams can build skills and understanding across all their members. Discover how IMPACT Group can develop a tailored High IMPACT Team Development program to empower your executive, management, and employee teams emotional intelligence today.

* 7 Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence is One of the Fastest Growing Job Skills, Fast Company, May 2016

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