Monday 17th June 2019
Emotional Intelligence Should be at the top of your Priority list: Here’s Why.
‘It is up to each person to recognise his or her true preference’
– Isabel Briggs Myers
There’s nothing worse than going into a new company and not getting on with those you work with. But it’s bound to happen, right? Everyone has different personalities and different ways of working so you’re guaranteed to ruffle some feathers whether you mean to or not. Managers dream of everyone working in harmony – but this is extremely difficult to manage unless you’ve had the correct training. So, how do you move in the right direction towards the haven of all employees working together? It’s not the finite answer but having a workforce that is emotionally intelligent is a step in the right direction – and it’s an easy one to achieve.
What exactly is being ‘emotionally intelligent’?
An individual who can be described as emotionally intelligent are the best ones. They can take a situation, recognise who is involved, understand their personality types and therefore adapt the way they present themselves in order to maximise the output. They will possess these personality traits:
· Self-Awareness – ability to recognise and understand you own behaviours and emotions
· Self-Regulation – ability to control your emotions and therefore your responses to situations
· Self-Motivation – being driven to achieve your own personal goals
· Empathy – understanding others’ emotions and how to relate to them in different circumstances
· Relational – ability to maintain relationships and avoid conflicts where possible in order to work well
Why can’t everyone just get along?
As said before, every individual has different personalities and therefore different ways of dealing with situations. This is especially prevalent when a stressful or uncomfortable situation arises – how a person can deal with what they are faced with defines them as a person. There are different ‘personality traits’ that you can be, and subsequently different circumstances where an individual may thrive in or where they may faulter. Lots of theorists have different opinions on how many traits there are, so for this article we’re going to go with Myers-Briggs 16 personality types, which can be broken down into four sections.
These personality types just like to get the job done. They need intellectual stimulation; think factual, straight to the point problem solving. Finding answers to problems is extremely satisfying for Analysts, and with minimal interference from the outside, this is where they thrive in the workplace.
For Diplomats, if what they’re doing doesn’t have a meaning or they feel like the task at hand isn’t worth it, their motivation levels will faulter. They like to see that their actions will help others grow and that they can explore new ideas alongside others who share the same excitement. Diplomats are likeable, and because of this they are propelled to success.
Sentinels are the classic hard-working, dutiful employees. They seek structure, rules and hierarchy and their work is completed to the highest standard. Through putting others above all else, Sentinels can keep teams organised and productive. Social order and harmony are desired, being used to make sure that everyone knows their responsibilities in order to get the job done.
If you have an explorer personality type, you will require excitement and a sense of unpredictability in the workplace. They are adventurous, spontaneous and have a desire to make any situation they are in as enjoyable as possible. The more freedom they have, the better the results. Situations where explorers feel restricted or watched over are not suitable and should be avoided at all costs.
So, you can see from the above that each personality is very different. The key is to be able to identify what personality you are as well as those around you and to adapt accordingly.
Let’s put this into practice; imagine that you have an explorer personality trait. You are creative, and like situations where you don’t know what to expect and you like surprise. You’ve been asked to work with someone who is an Analyst; they like structure and facts – and don’t work well when they don’t know what happening. To get the most out of the piece of work you are both doing, you need to work together to maximise both personality types. You would recognise that your colleague doesn’t like spontaneity, but to satisfy your creative side you could do a structured brainstorm. This will result in both of you being happy and therefore your session will be much more productive. This is what it means to be emotionally intelligent.
How does Growth Partners do it?
We know that everyone is different and most importantly, works differently. However, we take this as a positive in that we get all perspectives, opinions and reactions which in turn helps us optimise our working environment. Throughout our working day, we encourage both managers and employees to think about how they approach situations that arise. This means that everyone is conscious about how they should approach their colleagues, and it’s nice when someone takes your feelings into consideration. We believe that utilising this kind of work style is a key to a harmonious environment and is something that we encourage our clients to take part in too.
The ability to teach your employees how to be emotionally intelligent can only be done if you have the time to do it. This is where our product, GrowthPro, is an excellent addition to a company. It takes away the day-to-day stresses of your administration with regards to payroll and pensions and give you plenty of employee benefits to play with. This in turn will freeze up a lot of your spare time to focus on topics such as Emotional Intelligence and therefore you can grow your businesses more and more.
To find out more about how Growth Partners can help you grow your business, call 0116 340 3116 or request a demo here.