Investing in Team Leader EQ as a Critical Competency

02 Aug Investing in Team Leader EQ as a Critical Competency

Leaders with high Emotional Intelligence (EI) engage employees. Our latest research (download now) highlights the importance of team leader EQ as a critical competency in harnessing and driving employee engagement and better performance.

Our research indicates a direct correlation between the EI scores of leaders and the engagement of their employees, with 23% of variability in employee engagement scores accounted for by the corresponding manager EI score.

Previous research has also demonstrated the relationship between a leader’s EI and the impact upon their team – meaning that a leader’s level of EI can directly impact their teams own engagement scores.

Leaders with high EI are present, authentic, expansive in their thinking, resilient and empathetic. They empower others to engage and inspire more meaningful work. From a brand perspective, visible, empowering leaders also provide a strong strategic narrative about the organisation, and how it’s creating more fulfilled and productive workforces.

Employees with high EI are also more likely to be engaged; they form better internal relationships, are better at managing workplace conflict, coping with stress and perform better; all fundamentals for enhanced engagement; at an individual level as well as more engaged teams.

Entry level employees are the future leader talent pool. As our research has proven, EQ plays a key role in leadership based on its relationship with employee engagement and performance. It just makes sense to recruit for EQ in order to enhance the future leader pool and develop the EQ of those new to leadership.

Often those new to leadership have transitioned from being excellent sole contributors to now needing to deliver outcomes through others. This is a new set of skills that need to be learned but start with having a base line level of EQ. Identifying high performing individuals to transition into leadership needs to focus on EI and readying these high potentials needs to involve educating them on how to tap into and develop their EQ. Developing leadership skills and EQ happens over time. Fostering engagement and teaching EI skills is the key to this.

At FuturePeople we offer a development program especially for leaders, which is grounded in Emotional Intelligence. Our program is designed to develop those new to leadership and enable established leaders to take their skills to the next level by mastering EI, to enhance employee engagement and drive heightened performance. It is focused on this because of the well-documented relationship between highly engaged employees, employee retention, customer loyalty and bottom-line performance.

While some high performing leaders are born, there are fewer of these leaders than you may need. By identifying ‘teachable leaders’ and developing their emotional intelligence and soft skills, we can help you truly deliver high performance.

Our Engaging Employees course for leaders is grounded in Emotional Intelligence (EI) and has been developed in collaboration with leading service organisations and crafted by highly qualified leadership and development experts, with qualifications in Organisational Psychology and EI Coaching.

Our experienced and inspiring facilitators coach people leaders to tap into their EI to:

  • Understand the role of engagement in employee motivation and performance
  • Engage their people, connect them to purpose and retain top talent
  • Lead with authenticity, clarity, confidence and credibility
  • Effectively engage, coach and develop their people to deliver results
  • Navigate ‘tough’ conversations and manage performance effectively
  • Apply EI to coaching conversations to develop and engage their people
  • Use EI and social intelligence to regulate emotions and influence others
  • Help their team members successfully navigate change under pressure
  • Develop self-awareness to manage stress and ‘show up’ in the right mindset

For more information or to enquire about how you can access this program please contact us by emailing or calling 02 9024 2900.