to rewire the medical brain, helping you to develop new patterns of behaviour, and habits that support improved healthcare leadership, management of practices and patient-care.
Effective leadership helps us nurture our passions, share our ideas no matter how different they are, collaborate on diverse teams, and make crucial decisions faster but we all need to start the conversation with ourselves, how effective am I as a leader?
Individuals differ in the way they respond to different emotions, how they differentiate amongst various feelings and how they process these. A decade of research has proven that emotions slow the process of analysing, contemplating, evaluating and implementing, (Stanovich and West, 2000; Hess and Bacigalupo, 2011). This makes sense since the prefrontal cortex (the decision-maker in the brain), is connected to limbic regions, i.e. the emotional areas of the brain, hence us sometimes using short circuit thinking, or operating on a short fuse, being quick tempered.
The alternative is not to delay emotional responses but rather to embrace them, be consciously aware of how we feel and what others are feeling in order to respond appropriately.
How I help business owners improve their levels of performance and creative thinking
I assist business owners by firstly assessing their emotional intelligence and leadership competencies which affects their ability to be creative.
Back in 2015, I invited leaders across industries to complete my survey, and although 109 respondents attempted, only 77 were received in full.
There were 32 males and 45 females across industries globally, with a concentration on those in the United Kingdom and primarily London.
Hypotheses Tested and Results
Is there a difference in the Emotional Intelligence levels amongst different sectors, with a focus on health care sectors versus others?
There was no significant difference amongst sectors or between males and females, although 50% of the respondents were within the healthcare industry, 29 respondents, their scores were not significantly higher than those in the legal, retail or finance. However, the highest score was achieved by a cognitive behavioural therapist, a whooping 121 with 131 being the highest score.
Did emotional intelligence have an impact on innovation in the workplace?
Well what the study prove was that those with higher levels of emotional intelligence were better innovators, and there were a few competencies that needed to master to nurture innovative leadership within their space.
I interviewed Central Executive Officers who worked globally, what we might refer to as global CEOs, and they reinforced the notion that emotional intelligence was not only key to leadership, but to management, and even to getting your ideas reinforced by stakeholders.
For instance, two global CEOs mentioned that emotional intelligence was crucial in their ability to effectively negotiate changes within boardrooms. They both highlighted the need for recruiting support beforehand, throwing ideas around to measure the feedback from other executives before pitching in meetings.
Even as Business Owners, it is important for us to implement changes when we have planted the idea before the actual change has to be made.
Suggestions for Organisational Leaders and Executives
The company encouraged monitored staff performance by setting objectives and key result (OKR) measures to prioritize, manage goal planning and evaluate for promotions. Employee incentives were working alongside talented colleagues, opportunities to participate in global-leadership projects, to work for a company who understood their needs, to accumulate bonuses or awards.
Here is your chance to take that test again and win a free consultation and feedback call before the end of February.