Let’s think about it…
It depends on how often you use your empathy EQ Leadership skills… Before we dive in, lets refresh our memory on what flexing these skills may look like: able to put self in “others’ shoes”; takes others into consideration before acting; reads people well.
To learn more about your own empathy, you can take an EQ self-assessment or EQ 360 assessment. With this information, we would have a ton of information to customize a plan to develop your leadership skills.
Tip, generally speaking: if you frequently use your empathy skills, then it is important to ensure that your empathy doesn’t get in the way of handling tough conversations/decisions. Being empathic does not mean being extra nice all the time; you still have deadlines to meet and so does your organization.
Tip, generally speaking: if you don’t use your empathy skills that often, then in general, listen more than you speak. At work, for example, try it in your next meeting and record the approximate amount of time you spent listening versus speaking. When you find yourself jumping in to speak, stop, listen, and reflect back what you have heard before offering your thoughts/opinion.
To learn additional tips and tricks on how to enhance your empathy and other EQ leadership skills and to learn more about EQ Coaching and EQ assessments, please reach out to chat.
*Tips from MHS Assessments