Key Pressure Facing Leaders Right Now: Interpersonal Relationships
In a previous post, we talked about the crucial nature of emotional intelligence growth in our leadership development plans. In that post, I told you I was going to share three emotional intelligence competencies that are under pressure especially in our Covid-19 reality. The first competency we talked about was flexibility. The second competency we talked about was problem solving. In this post we will talk about the third competency under pressure, especially crucial in our current reality; our ability to have a healthy level of interpersonal relationships.
I bet I can guess what at least some of you are thinking. Interpersonal relationships?! A crucial leadership development skill? Out of all the soft skills, why is interpersonal relationships during COVID-19 so crucial to growing our leadership development as individuals and as organizations.
Why Are Interpersonal Relationships So Crucial?
First, I think it’s important to define interpersonal relationships in an emotional intelligence context. Interpersonal relationships is defined in The EQ Edge as “the ability to establish and maintain mutually satisfying relationships that are characterized by the ability to both ‘give’ and ‘take’ in relationships, and where trust and compassion are openly expressed in words or by behaviour”. Interpersonal relationships are “characterized by sensitivity towards others…and the ability to feel at ease and comfortable and to possess positive expectations” concerning social interactions.
With social distancing being our new normal, the news is full of creative and innovative ways to stay connected and keep our interpersonal relationships strong. But it is different and a shift that for some has us feeling isolated or distant. This is why interpersonal relationships are so critical to maintain or grow. Especially because the limited choices we have in which to nurture them. Interpersonal relationships are the foundation of which we can start to build trust to be able to work effectively together.
In our Summit work team, we currently have regular Zoom call meetings instead of being together in an office where collaboration and feedback on ideas are the norm. We start off each call with checking in with each other. Sometimes we ask what’s been good and what’s been hard since we last talked. Because we’re not physically in the same work environment, we have to be more deliberate about creating a culture where we build trust enough to work positively together under the stress and unknowns we are all experiencing.
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What About You and Your Organization?
Where do you think you and your organization is in creating a culture of healthy interpersonal relationships during COVID-19? Is there a good level of trust and positivity between leaders and throughout your organization? What can you do to influence growth in this area? In Summit’s virtual leadership development training workshop called Emotional Intelligence under Pressure, we talk about interpersonal relationships 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 interpersonal relationships 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.
RELATED: Read our series of COVID-19 posts
I hope this series of posts has engaged to you recognize the importance of emotional intelligence in your leadership development planning. We hope to hear from you as we here at Summit have been attempting to demonstrate ‘flexible, problem solving’ in ‘adapting’ the way we can approach building strong ‘interpersonal relationships’ into the culture of your organizations. For now, that means virtual leadership development training in the ‘Summit way’ which still means experiential and engaging…even virtually. In that way we hope to model some healthy emotional intelligence in the changing Covid-19 times.