In a recent LinkedIn poll, we asked local government leaders if their teams’ emotional intelligence was above average, average or below average. The results were not surprising in that most people rated their team below average or average.
So, what does it take to increase and develop emotional awareness on a team? Developing emotional intelligence in an organization can have numerous benefits, including improved communication, increased teamwork, and better conflict resolution.
Here are some ways to grow emotional intelligence in your local government:
According to a study by the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, roughly forty-five (45%) of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Seventy-five (75%) maintain them for a week and sixty-four (64%) maintain their resolutions for one month. Only forty-six (46%) maintain their resolutions for more than 6 months.
As a leader influencing your local government, it’s important to set strategic goals or resolutions for yourself each year – you might call them resolutions for your City, County or Department. While you probably have a Council or Commission or Manager eager to set goals for you, it’s important to pursue a few goals you see as vital to your team’s success.
The first step is to document your resolutions in writing. People are 50% more likely to achieve a goal if it’s written down.
A Look Back: Look back on the past year and consider what you did well and what you...