Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. –Travis Bradberry
At the 2016 Global Leadership Summit, we took a deep dive into a key leadership skill: emotional intelligence (EQ). EQ has been described as the most important business skill for the 21st Century—and it is something that can be grown and developed in anyone.
Emotionally intelligent leaders are aware of their own emotions in the moment and they are able to manage and channel those emotions to build trust. They also sense the emotions of others—and know how and when to make a critical ask. Or when to back down. These leaders navigate challenging emotional waters and come out strong and intact.
- During the month of July, our GLS community will focus on the topic of Emotional Intellligence. Here’s how you can follow along.NEW! Download and listen to Episode 005 of the GLS Podcast. In this edition, Bill Hybels discusses how he is working to build emotional intelligence into his staff at Willow Creek. To watch or listen click here.
- Download the podcast shownotes. Included in the shownotes is a short summary with key takeaways, a list of links to resources mentioned in the podcast and reflection questions for you and your team.
- Gain new perspectives on the Follow the GLS Every week, watch for original posts on Emotional Intelligence from trusted voices in the GLS family. This month, we will feature posts from:
- If you belong to a WCA member church, look for the Skills in Action resource: Emotional Intelligence 2.0: Self-Awareness and self-Management. This tool is specifically designed to help you grow the skill-side of your leadership in two key areas of emotional intelligence.
Investing in your growth in self-awareness and the other EQ skills, will pay off in better relationships and more effective working rhythm. So, let’s get started and make July a month to grow in self-leadership—growing our skills in Emotional Intelligence.
Liz Driscoll is the director of Year-Round & Digital Content for Willow Creek Association. Passionate about ideas and the local church, she carries a deep conviction that fired-up, Christ-centered leaders can change the world. She oversees content for GLSnext, the GLS Podcast, Follow the GLS blog, and is the content director for the Study Guide of Bill Hybels’ most recent release, Leading from Here to There.