The old model of teamwork identified star performers, promoted them and rewarded them. Even if someone left a trail of destruction but got the desired results, they were viewed as stars. But in today’s complex world, it’s difficult for just one person to have a complete vision. Increasingly, performance is explained by our capability to work with others to solve problems and create synergies among multiple talents.
Motivation is the source of energy to overcome challenges, pursue a goal, or maintain commitment. If you are in a leadership role, how much strength does your team have today? Are people coming into work full of energy or even excitement? Or are they dragging their feet with dark circles under their eyes?
Trust is that invisible force that makes things feel just right, and as we all know, trust is at the core of all relationships whether at home or at work and without it the relationship takes a lot of strain. With trust in your workplace teams are more productive, meetings run efficiently, and you work with autonomy, however when trust is running low, especially during times of change, everyone has an eye on the exit.
Practical emotional intelligence starts with observing how you feel and behave to create awareness. This then allows you to take responsibility for both your feelings and behaviour to create a more positive impact on all areas of your life. From here you are then able to practice responding rather than reacting which assists in practicing empathy with yourself and others.
This is the final EQ competency in the Six Seconds EQ Model, and one that is very dear to me as we are never on this life’s journey alone but surrounded by people with whom we need to interact on a daily basis. For these interactions to be meaningful we need to Increase Empathy.