No matter how "good" you feel your performance is, or how great your company seems to be doing, the question remains:
How much BETTER might your company do if you added leadership development to your business strategy?
The high-performing leader doesn't just get results, but nurtures the individuals who help achieve these results. And that's what creates a truly excellent organization. Such leaders possess one vital characteristic: high Emotional Intelligence, or EQ. EQ is one of the best predictors of both success at work and fulfillment in life.
Emotional competencies are not innate talents; they are learned abilities. Emotional competencies are something you can CONSCIOUSLY ACQUIRE with practice. These competencies are:
self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.
My High Performance and Leadership workshop sharpens and deepens your emotional competencies to give you that "extra edge" in becoming a more effective leader.
Self-awareness is a key cornerstone of emotional intelligence. Having self-awareness means having a clear understanding of your personality, including: your strengths and weaknesses, your thoughts and beliefs, your emotions, and your motivations. Knowing yourself and recognizing how others see you both play a vital role in effective leadership.
A number of researchers have found self-awareness to be a crucial trait of successful business leaders. A study undertaken by Cornell University examining 72 executives at private and publicly traded companies with revenues from $50 million to $5 billion showed that "a high self-awareness score was the strongest predictor of overall success."
Most people go through life without developing self-awareness. They are sleep-walking. They are unconscious. Going through the motions, doing the work, while losing the ability to enjoy life. Not knowing what it feels like to be alive anymore. Not knowing what it feels like to be yourself.
Society expects us to think a certain way, act a certain way, BE a certain way. The workplace is abundant with robots doing the minimal mundane tasks required by their job descriptions.
Self-awareness is important because when we better understand ourselves, we are able to experience ourselves as unique and distinct beings. We are then empowered to build on our areas of strength and to identify where we would like to improve and how to get there. This helps us advance our careers.
But it is not only a company's leadership that benefits from enhanced emotional competencies. Every employer wants to see its personnel happy, challenged, motivated, and driven to perform. But if you are a business owner or are in a leadership role in a company, you are likely confronted with these issues within your team or among your direct reports:
diversity and unconscious bias, lack of motivation, burn-out , lack of appreciation and recognition, inability to receive feedback, even feedback that can serve employees in their future career growth
50% of employees are disengaged. They are sleep-walking through their workday, putting time, but not energy or passion, into their work.
How can all of this be addressed? It starts with developing emotional intelligence.
Let's look at how business training has changed over the past 20 years:
20 Years Ago -- Learning new technologies and programs to optimize efficiency
10 Years Ago -- Creating new businesses and reinvigorating existing ones, innovating products and business models
Today -- A huge shift towards diversity and bias training, which is a form of EQ development. One simply can't afford to ignore EQ skills.
My High Performance and Leadership workshop enables the creation of motivated and highly functional teams through the development of EQ.
I will help your team feel alive and motivated as we dive into what lies behind it all - self-exploration. They will learn that their personal goals and values need to be aligned with the goals, values and mission of the company they are working for. Because at the end of the day the question becomes "WHY are you working for this specific company?"
I will help your team uncover their edge and identify what makes them unique, not only because they possess certain technical or cognitive skills, but because of who they are as individuals. We will practice social skills: what it means to appreciate each other, to be empathetic, and what it means to give and to receive constructive feedback.
I will also help your team dig deeper into understanding and appreciating diversity. This in turn helps create a friendlier, more inclusive environment in the workplace.
My training is designed to be engaging and fun! Participants absorb the material through experiential learning, not lectures and PowerPoint presentations.
The aim of developing EQ is to help you to function at an even higher level than what you are already capable of. Even if you are already exceptional at what you do, sharpening and deepening your emotional competencies can bring you further. It is how you get from good to great. It is where you become and extraordinary performing individual. And in the context of your work environment, it manifests in stellar work performance and extraordinary leadership.