Key Pressure Facing Leaders Right Now: Flexibility
In the previous post, we talked about the crucial nature of emotional intelligence growth in our leadership development plans. In this series, I am asserting what I think are three critical emotional intelligence skills that are under great pressure in our Covid-19 reality which are Interpersonal Relationships, Problem Solving and Flexibly. We talk about one competency per post and how working towards a healthy level of these competencies will assist in the ability to weather this Covid-19 storm as a leader.
Flexibility in an emotional intelligence context is defined in The EQ Edge as, “The ability to adjust your emotions, thoughts, and behavior to changing situations and conditions…to adapt to unfamiliar, unpredictable, and dynamic circumstances. Flexible people are agile, synergistic, and capable reacting to change without rigidity”.
Has there ever in our lifetime been a time where a healthy level of flexibility was more crucial? With change happening so rapidly and the unpredictability of the longevity and overall impact of Covid-19 to every facet of our lives, a healthy level of flexibility should be an important component to our leadership development plans, both individually and organizationally.
To give you an idea of what a “healthy” level of flexibility is, I find it helpful to imagine what a “poor” level and “overdone” level of flexibility looks like in order to rate ourselves in where we currently are.
A “poor” level of flexibility might come across as rigid, hard to change, stuck in current patterns or ways of doing things and trying to maintain the status quo. An “overdone” level of flexibility might come across as impulsive, unable to stand your ground, or wishy-washy.
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What About You and Your Organization?
Do you lean to one extreme or the other? Do you have the capacity to smoothly handle shifting priorities and rapid change in the accelerated, ever changing environment we find ourselves in due to Covid-19?
If you find your flexibility capacity to be under great stress these days, you’re not alone. In Summit’s virtual leadership development training workshop called Emotional Intelligence Under Pressure, we talk about flexibility as well as all 15 components of Emotional Intelligence and strategies for leaders to manage and grow the areas of Emotional Intelligence that they need to grow. If flexibility is an area you or your team would like to grow in, consider a free estimate to this workshop by connecting with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In our next post we will talk about problem solving.
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