“If what you desire is a robotic, static thinker – train them. If you’re seeking innovative, critical thinkers – develop them.” ~ Mike Myatt, Forbes
U.S. businesses spend more than $170 Billion dollars on leadership-based curricula, with the majority of those dollars being spent on “Leadership Training.”
The problem is that training assumes that there are set systems, processes and techniques that are the ‘correct’ way to do things. Training is often delivered in way that assumes a one size fits all, top down process that often provides people with little more than static, outdated information. As author of the quote above, Mike Myatt, so ably put it – “training usually occurs within a vacuum driven by past experience, not by future needs.” What leaders need is not training, but ‘development’.
Within a Leadership Development context, emotional intelligence gives individuals a variety of skills that help them to manage both personal and working relationships, navigate their social networks, influence and provide inspiration to others. But individual leaders will always be at different levels, and in order to become effective leaders, they’ll need to attain a high level of emotional intelligence.
In today’s workplace, if you want to achieve high levels of productivity, efficiency and team collaboration, you need leaders with high levels of emotional intelligence to make that happen.
The key skill areas for leaders to cultivate to increase their emotional intelligence:
- Emotional Management
- Effective Communication
- Social Awareness
- Conflict Resolution
How can you provide knowledge and skills to your leaders and future leaders?
The good news is that you don’t have to send them all to an expensive, three-day offsite workshop. Instead, you can purchase a self-paced workbook containing the same information, Emotional Intelligence for a Compassionate World: Workbook for Enhancing Emotional Intelligence Skills.
Emotional Intelligence for a Compassionate World: Workbook for Enhancing Emotional Intelligence Skills