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How a Leader’s EQ Drives Employee Satisfaction and Team Success

In leadership, having good decision-making skills and a high IQ are a must haves.

But as I wrote in my book "Chief Inspiration Officer: How to Lead the Team Everyone Wants to Be On…"

I've found that there’s another crucial element that often gets overlooked… Emotional Intelligence (EQ).

Today, EQ isn't just a nice-to-have; it's a must-have for leaders seeking to inspire their teams.

Understanding Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

EQ is more than just understanding emotions.

It's about empathizing with your team, effectively communicating, and building a strong, cohesive workplace.

Part of it is being in tune with your emotions as well as those of others.

Val, a leadership coach teaching about emotional intelligence

The Impact of EQ on Employee Satisfaction

Chief executive officers have high EQ, which means they cultivate an environment where employees feel genuinely valued, appreciated, and respected.

Their employees come in feeling inspired, knowing that the team’s culture values every member's contributions.

The result?

Lower turnover rates, higher employee engagement, and, ultimately, improved company performance.

As I note in my book…

“Emotional intelligence is four times more important than IQ in determining professional success and prestige"

Four Key Steps to Enhance Your EQ

1. Practice Active Listening

It’s one thing to let your employees talk, it’s another to actually listen to what they’re saying…

And understanding the message behind them.

It involves paying attention, asking questions for clarity, and showing that you value their input. 

This can be as simple as mirroring phrases your employees use, showing you're not just listening but also engaging.

2. Acknowledge and validate

Capture the essence of the idea, concern, or solutions by vocalizing what you hear.

This will help employees feel understood and heard.

Val, an executive coach is discussing empathetically with other leaders.

3. Put yourself in your team's shoes.

Imagine what your team may need from you and ask if you are delivering those things?

Try and understand how your employees might be feeling or thinking in the moment...

Allow yourself to lean into their world instead of ignoring or running away from conflict.

4. Emotional Regulation

Regularly reflect on your own emotions and reactions.

When you feel triggered or worked up, ask yourself what the root thought is and what’s another way to see this?

This will help diffuse the emotional response that may unintentionally demotivate a team member.

The Ripple Effect of Enhanced EQ

When you improve your EQ, you’re not just bettering yourself, but you’re also optimizing your team’s dynamics.


Because a leader’s EQ has a ripple effect.

The higher your EQ, the more satisfied, inspired, and engaged your team becomes. Ultimately resulting in higher performance and productivity.

"Leaders who effectively manage their emotions and those of others can create a more positive and productive work environment"​​

The Challenges and Rewards of Developing EQ

Developing your EQ involves continuous learning and adapting.

The challenges lie in staying consistent, being open to feedback, and being willing to change longstanding habits.

But it’s worth it.

Leaders with high EQ tend to have teams that are not only more productive but also more innovative and adaptable.

A team with a high eq leader holding their hands on top of each other as a sign of a productive team


As leaders, we have the power to shape the work culture and environment.

By enhancing our EQ, we can create a space where employees feel heard, valued, and motivated.

Yes, it's is beneficial for the team but it's also crucial for the leader's growth and the company's success. 

The journey to developing a higher EQ might require effort and patience, but it's a path that leads to a more fulfilling and effective leadership role.

For more insights and practical strategies on enhancing your EQ and becoming a leader who truly inspires, I invite you to delve into my book, "Chief Inspiration Officer: How to Lead the Team Everyone Wants to Be On."

Here, you'll find a wealth of knowledge and actionable steps to embark on this transformative journey.

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