We as humans like to put people into categories. It’s not always fair, but we do it. However, we so often underestimate the power of a well-rounded leader. It should go to say that if you’re a more introverted person, your management skills may benefit from observing more extroverted leaders. Similarly, sociable people can learn a lot from those who thrive in privacy. There is immense value to balancing emotional intelligence and bottom line drive. Here are some ways in which you can mold yourself into a manager that is well-rounded as well as empowered in their own strengths and productive against their weaknesses.
Learning Emotional Intelligence from the Other Side of the Coin
Once upon a time, it was thought that the bottom line was all that mattered for success. What we’ve actually found is that companies that care about their employees — AKA displaying emotional intelligence — see 21 percent more profit than their peers who do not.
Additionally, managers that work more as personal teachers, rather than number crunchers and hard heads, are looked on more favorably and encourage employees to do a better job. It is much easier to work hard for a boss you respect than for a boss you don’t. So if you don’t have personal relationships with your employees, start building them and putting yourself in their shoes. It will go much farther than you think.
Innovative vs. Conservative
As humans change through the ages, the ways we do things do as well. We are always looking for more efficient forms of work, communication, and technology. Leadership is no different, and has changed a lot in the 21st century. And it’s going to keep changing.
For instance, we’re projecting that over time, and data will become even more accessible than it is now. There may not be much of a need for physical record keeping. An innovative manager knows this. An innovative manager starts moving physical documents to the cloud, and starts training their employees to do the same.
This is not to detract from what was mentioned earlier about emotional intelligence with your employees. You should have one eye on the industry and one eye on your employees, so you can find the best ways to incorporate all new practices and information into your company’s productivity.
All For The End Game
While you need to stay in the present, you should always have the future in mind. Living in the moment can include staying aware of what potential lies right under your nose.
Be on the lookout for employees that would make good managers. Be watching the techniques they come up with that could improve the efficiency of your company. Keep an eye out for ways to make your company overall more successful, from a profit and a productivity level. Know how to train others to be the best employees they can be. Be empathetic and encouraging, and treat your employees how you would like a boss to treat you.
What management hurdles have you faced? How did you become the boss you are today? Please share in the comments below!
Brooke Faulkner is a full-time writer and full-time mom of two. She spends her days pondering what makes a good leader, and dreaming up ways to teach these virtues to her sons creativity enough that she’ll get more than groans and eye rolls in response. To read more of her work, follow her on Twitter @faulknercreek