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Now that you’ve spent some time dwelling on your own personal development, how do you use this to inspire and motivate the people who report to you? A good proven advantage is to harness emotional intelligence (EQ) to gain the commitment from your group by ensuring that each member feels they are acting in alignment with their purpose. Studies on EQ explain that understanding people and why they behave in certain ways is key to motivating them.

Dr. J.P. Pawliw-Fry, a thought leader on emotional intelligence, leadership, performance, and change, further explains, “The ability to intelligently manage our emotions, and the emotions of others (EQ), counts for twice as much as IQ and technical skills combined.”

A leader with emotional intelligence asks their team deepening questions in a Socratic fashion and listens carefully to the subtleties of their responses.  When a leader learns about people’s ideas, discovers where they are engaged, and supports their processes, they can harness individual passion and purpose to the organization’s benefit.

As a leader faced with the challenge of inspiring your team to excel, ask yourself these key questions:

  • How can I become more effective as a leader?
  • How can I communicate difficult decisions with grace and strength?
  • How do I increase the confidence and emotional intelligence of my star players?
  • How do I develop my people to become our next leaders?
  • What can I do at my next team meeting to improve morale, trust and performance?

Asking these questions will raise your EQ and put you in the mindset of service to your team—the foundation of true leadership. Although many leaders with high EQ are geared to take care of others, they often forget to take care of themselves. By first honoring yourself, your purpose, your gifts, and your health, you may then take care of others. You can’t achieve limitless potential and be of service to others without being of healthy mind, body and spirit.

After taking a look at yourself, you can then look at the way you interact with other people. Focus on inspiring and serving your family, your team and your community. This is what enhances your emotional intelligence and allows you to climb to the higher rungs of leadership which is built upon serving others.

Remember, the way you think determines how you feel and what will become your reality. Visualize yourself succeeding and you will succeed.  When you are in a healthy mental, physical, and emotional state, people will recognize that and be inspired by you. They will respect your wisdom and be honored to follow you and be motivated to perform at a higher level. The result will be a stronger team and company culture, as well as a robust bottom line that benefits all stakeholders.

Leadership development is a continual learning process. No matter your age, what you think you know, or what you have achieved, there will always be room for more growth, learning and achievement.