As leaders, the ability EI model is having control over perceiving, using, and understanding not only your own emotions but the emotions of others around you. Your social awareness of others’ emotions impacts both your leadership skill and style. As a leader, if you ignored the social skill of building team relationships with trust and accountability, then the team rapport and your capacity to lead through conflict would be damaged. The messages sent to those around us are ‘fend for yourself or figure it out – you’re adults after all.’ For this reason, it is essential not to bring such negative emotion to our team building.
Hence, it is vitally important to be a leader that uses emotional awareness and is equally emotionally intelligent. Ability EI matters in both big and small ways. For instance, when your team needs direction, guidance, follow-up, or follow through. You also need to understand their emotional intelligence quotient and an innate need for a place to share their fears, perceived limits, or shortcomings confidentially. If, as a leader, you are not emotionally available for them when they need you, your teamwork will diminish, and your influence will wane.