As WAVA Global engages executives and high performing leaders in development programmes, we hear three recurring themes that all leaders would potentially benefit from improving:
- Listen – become more emotionally intelligent
- Prioritise – focus on what is important but not necessarily urgent
- Nurture – both self and others
We see emotional intelligence as a combination of what goes on internally for the individual, and externally in terms of interactions with others. In this way emotional intelligence combines:
Social awareness, and
Leaders with high levels of emotional intelligence bring their performance gaps into awareness, manage their weaknesses, and leverage their strengths and talents. The greater your ability to listen and receive feedback, understand yourself, your people and the wider environment, the more likely you are to choose an approach that will create the best results for you and your business.
Leadership Solutions: Coaching is perfect to bring into awareness strengths and talents, identify how to harness these, and manage your weaknesses. We provide blended solutions which combine coaching and the introduction of useful and appropriate concepts and tools for understanding self, others, and leading teams through change.
We all have the same amount of time in a day, 24hrs, and yet some leaders seem to be able to achieve so much more than others. How do they do it? They prioritise based on goals they have already established as being important to them their team and the business.
Dr. Stephen Covey (7 Habits of Highly Effective People) came up with a simple tool to focus your time on the right things i.e. those tasks that are important and contribute to your goals (Quadrant 2). It also helps identify tasks that are ripe for delegation, deferring, or getting rid of altogether (some tasks in Quadrants 3 and 4).
Urgent and Important
Important but Not Urgent
Urgent but Not Important
Not Important and Not Urgent
Leadership Solutions: A blended solution combining coaching and the introduction of useful and appropriate concepts to understand how you currently use your time, identify areas for improvement and introduce tried and tested tools and techniques to get back control of your work day.
Nurture is to care for and encourage the growth and development of ourselves and others. If we nurture and take care of ourselves, we are in a far better place to be able to do this for others too.
WAVA Global uses the Six Human Needs model from Strategic Interventions to understand people’s behaviour, and elevate that behaviour to its highest level which is growth and contribution. When we operate from this level we bring our full potential into everything that we do.
As a leader, you have a responsibility to encourage and nurture yourself and others to realize each other’s’ potential. Imagine how different the business (and the world) would be if we did this.
And if you think ‘what can I do, I am just one’, just think about this quote from the Dalai Lama:
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, just try sleeping with a mosquito!” Dalai Lama
Who are you to hold back from sharing your talent, your growing skill and ability to help grow and develop others? Make a start, build your confidence and make that difference.
Leadership Solutions: Coaching is perfect to bring into awareness talents and potential, and how to realize these to best effect. We provide blended solutions which combine coaching and the introduction of useful and appropriate concepts such as Six Human Needs for understanding self, others, and leading teams in a way that unleashes their full potential.
“Not only do I have three times the amount of confidence I used to have, all those I work with can see a difference in my leadership performance. I understand my own and other people’s behaviour so much better, and can see that we are getting better results for the business too.” Director, Regional Telecoms Company