3 key pieces of emotional intelligence all leaders need

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Has your leadership "jumped the shark"? Here's a clue
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Your leadership could "jump the shark" -- meaning a loss of effectiveness and credibility -- when you abandon your core principles in exchange for expediency or popularity, writes Benjamin Laker, a leadership professor at Henley Business School, University of Reading. "While adapting to changing circumstances and evolving challenges, leaders should ensure that their actions resonate with their authentic selves and align with the mission and values of their organization," Laker advises.
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Put it into practice: A betrayal of your core values as a leader does more than damage your effectiveness; it can have repercussions on your company in the form of a loss of reputation or employee turnover, Laker notes. "Leaders should engage in regular introspection to ensure their actions and decisions align with these foundational principles."
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3 key pieces of emotional intelligence all leaders need
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Emotional intelligence is at the heart of good leadership, writes executive coach Naphtali Hoff, who emphasizes the role of empathy, active listening and being tuned in to others' emotions to create a culture where your team feels valued and safe to take the chances their work may demand. "Leaders with high emotional intelligence are better equipped to build strong relationships, foster teamwork and navigate challenging situations with finesse," Hoff writes.
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Put it into practice: When you're actively listening and emotionally in tune with your team, you can spot problems before they arise and address them with empathy, Hoff writes. "Being attuned to emotions enables leaders to make informed decisions, motivate their teams effectively and navigate conflicts with empathy and tact."
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Having a deep understanding of a subject may undermine your teaching effectiveness if you use long explanations, present information out of order or offer too many examples from personal experience, writes Justin Hale. Instead, Hale recommends keeping presentations simple, reading from your slides and ensuring your audience clearly understands the processes and concepts you're teaching them.
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Put it into practice: Be careful when sharing examples from your experience that you're not making the presentation about you instead of the material you want your audience to learn, Hale cautions. Instead, hold your stories for when you're sure your audience has absorbed and understood your key points.
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Remembering and finding meaning in your dreams the night before work can produce a sense of awe that "makes subsequent work stressors seem less daunting, bolstering resilience and productivity throughout the workday," according to Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business researchers. Anything that brings a sense of awe gives us a larger perspective on our role in the world, which means "we're more likely to view even cumbersome tasks at work as relatively unimportant in the grand scheme of things, and therefore more achievable," writes Adi Gaskell.
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Could a future Super Bowl be a game of flag football?
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As another Super Bowl goes into the history books, flag football could be making history of its own as its popularity grows, especially among girls, and is finding support from NFL teams as well as becoming an Olympic sport in 2028, writes West Virginia University sociology professor Josh Woods. Flag football team members still face the risk of injury but lower chances of sustaining damaging head injuries since "tackles" consist of snatching one of two flags players wear around their waist, Woods notes.
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