🎙Podcast: Emotional Intelligence - The Executive’s Guide to Trustworthiness

Published on February 15, 2024

Emotional intelligence is increasingly important in our work environments, but how does it impact careers, and can it be learned? In this FEI Weekly Podcast, Olivia Berkman interviews Executive & Board Coach at Point Road Group, Aimee Long. They discuss the role of emotional intelligence in establishing trust as leaders, which is critical to executive branding.

Bringing her wealth of knowledge from executive recruitment, board governance and corporate law, Aimee shares her insights on emotional intelligence. She explains why it matters (especially in leadership positions), what are the misconceptions around it and how to cultivate it.

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Simply put, it’s “bringing intelligence to emotion.” Aimee refers to Daniel Goleman’s five key components of emotional intelligence as a good roadmap for what emotional intelligence (EQ) is. These components are:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-regulation
  • Motivation
  • Empathy
  • Social skills

Aimee and Olivia discuss these five areas and what they mean in the workplace. Self-regulation, for example, is about staying composed and calm under pressure, being adaptable and getting comfortable with new ideas.

Why is EQ Important for Leaders?

Trust in leadership is a decisive factor for customers and employees. As Aimee shares, executives often want to work on this skill in their coaching sessions. From her experience as an executive recruiter, being emotionally intelligent would often push one candidate ahead of another. Leaders with high EQ know how to motivate their teams, develop the skills of others and adapt quickly.

Common Misconceptions

In the podcast, Aimee shares what she sees as common misconceptions relating to emotional intelligence. Here are a few:

  • EQ is just “being nice.” This is an oversimplification. In fact, being “too nice” is also lacking in emotional intelligence.
  • EQ can’t be learned. Aimee believes self-awareness is the key component – thinking about how you might improve and learning from leaders you admire with high emotional IQ is a good start.
  • You can’t show emotion on the job. It's an outdated idea that you can’t show any emotion at work. Showing empathy and discussing needs is important and expected.

Not surprisingly, the higher you go up the corporate ladder, the more EQ matters. Intelligence alone isn’t enough to succeed as a leader. Having a high emotional IQ is critical to professional success in today’s work environment.

Can Emotional Intelligence be Cultivated?

Emotional intelligence can be cultivated in anyone who is motivated to do so. For people in senior positions, here are some tips to master this skill:

  • Be open and aware.
  • Ask for feedback from the people who work for you.
  • Talk to your peers.
  • Observe your team – are they excited to come to work?
  • Help your employees improve their skills before promoting -- “coaching up.”

Beyond these simple techniques, more leaders are turning to executive coaching to help them increase their EQ. Companies with larger budgets are sometimes able to offer these services in-house, as well.

For a deeper dive into this topic, tune into the full podcast here. You can also listen on Spotify and Apple podcasts.

More Insights

Pursuing a board seat? Get our Board Director Branding Guide.

Board Director Branding Guide - Get the eBook! - Point Road Group

Looking to drive sales and brand awareness? Get started with our Brand Consistency Checklist.

Brand Consistency Checklist Teaser | Point Road Group

Stay in the Know

Newsletter Sign-up

Ready to Get Started?

Contact Us
1991 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10023
(212) 869-1000[email protected]