That’s the best part about EQ – we all have it. We’re all aware that some things come easier to us, and other areas are where we struggle. We all know – for the most part – that there are ways we can improve our EQ. That’s the other great part – it’s something that we can actually develop. It’s not like IQ, where you pretty much have the brains you have. With EQ, you can work to develop and strengthen areas that are important for you.
EQ doesn’t just apply to leaders – it benefits everyone in a workplace. Qualities like Interpersonal Relationships, Flexibility, and Problem Solving are beneficial for individual contributors as well. In fact, if you start developing your EQ before you move into a leadership role, you’ll have a much greater chance for success.
I’m a recovering perfectionist. I know I’m not the only one. It seems that it’s never really gone, no matter how hard you try to get rid of it or how often you claim that you’re done trying to be perfect. It sneaks up me, and gets into my head before I even know it’s there. Often someone else needs to point it out to me before I even know I’m doing it again.
When we discuss leadership development, we don’t talk about the basic behaviours that can make or break a leader. We focus on things like delegation, strategic thinking, and communication. These are important, but good leadership also needs a strong foundation. It’s assumed that anyone who has moved into a leadership role already has the basics under control, and in some cases this may true. However, if we think about the reasons why leaders fail, we can often trace the problem back to a rocky foundation.