Are you in the hunt for a management job or do you want to become a stronger manager?
Keep in mind that emotional intelligence (EI) is a desired characteristic for people to become successful managers.
EI is the capacity to recognize – taken an inventory, if you will – and manage your personal emotions as well as dealing with the emotions of others.
But again, you must know and handle your own emotions first – to bring the best out of yourself – before you can be effective in bringing the best in others.
If you’re having a bad-hair day, you still must correct your own emotions in order to be effectively focused in your thinking in order to solve problems and to promote profitability.
Theoretically, many women inherently have these skills and are better equipped for management.
That’s confirmed by a study of 55,000 professionals in 90 countries from 2011 to 2015.
Women surpass men in 11 of 12 in EI-expertise categories, says a study from the Hay Group of consulting firm, Korn Ferry.
“The data suggests a strong need for more women in the workforce to take on leadership roles,” says Korn Ferry’s Daniel Goleman.
“When you factor in the correlation between high emotional intelligence and those leaders who deliver better business results, there is a strong case for gender equity,” he explains.
“Organizations must find ways to identify women who score highly on these competencies and empower them,” he advises.
— Women are 86 percent are more likely to exercise emotional self-awareness.
— 18.4 percent of women exhibit self-awareness vis-à-vis 9.9 percent of men.
— Women are 45 percent more inclined to be empathetic.
— Women are 9 percent more likely to have a positive outlook.
— Women also seem to be better in adaptability, coaching and mentoring, inspirational leadership, conflict management, organizational awareness, and teamwork and achievement orientation.
Naturally, managers with EI have a better chance to retain employees, lead them to high performance, and profitability.
Conversely, managers with weak EI fail to deliver such benefits.
From the Coach’s Corner, editor’s picks for articles with tips for effective management:
How to Grow Your EI for Leadership Success — Emotional intelligence (EI) is important for communication and leadership. A person who has EI is able to evaluate, understand, and control emotions.
21st Century Leadership Requires Authenticity — Here’s how — It’s one thing to be promoted into a management role, but it’s entirely another to be regarded as a leader to inspire a company’s culture. What really matters is knowing how you impact others.
To Win in Project Management, Tap Emotional Intelligence — Automated project-management models might be popular, but they don’t lead to the championship-quality results. Project managers achieve greater success and long-term sustainability by leveraging emotional intelligence.
7 Tactics to Enjoy Your Job Managing Difficult Employees — With a difficult employee, you have two obvious problems – the impacts on your organization and the behavior of the individual. Here’s how to love your job even when managing difficult employees.
Strategic HR Management for Retaining High Performers — You must build your organizational capabilities if you want to create an environment that will retain high performers. The way to accomplish it is to be committed to strong results with specialized retention initiatives for your talent.
5 Quick Management Tips to Motivate Your Employees — A major quandary for managers is to bring out the best in their employees. Every manager wants to do it, but it’s not always easy. What’s the reason? Usually, it’s because employees are disengaged – disconnected from their managers and companies. Here’s how to fix it.
People quit their boss, not their job.