EQ is often cited as the difference between winners and losers. Use these quotes to up your game.
As far as I know, my MBA program didn’t teach any classes in emotional intelligence. While I got a solid education, I can’t help but think that I might have been served better by taking a course or two in EQ. After all, study after study has shown that emotional intelligence is the different between a successful CEO and an also-ran.
Here are some of the best quotes to inspire you to become a more emotionally intelligent leader:
What’s your favorite quote about emotional intelligence that needs to be added to this list? What inspires you to develop your EQ further on an ongoing basis?
This morning, I’m thinking about gifts that touch us deeply and change us profoundly. I’m not thinking about a bottle of wine or tickets to a play.
The first gift leaders give is belief.
Doubt is a virtue.
You doubt rosy reports and projections. You doubt everyone who says, “Don’t worry.” You’re skeptical of unproven systems and untested people. Leaders believe cautiously.
If you’re smart, you doubt yourself a little. But a little doubt, like hot sauce, goes a long way.
Those who change us believe in us.
Big sticks make bosses. But the tool of influence is belief.
The more you believe in someone, the more influence you have with them. The less you believe in someone, the more resistance they feel toward you.
Someone believed in you. Be that person for someone else.
Failure and belief:
Belief means most when it’s difficult to give.
Nothing says I believe in you like a second chance.
Believe when someone fails responsibly. (Responsible failure happens when someone gives their best and fails.)
A third or fourth chance – after the same failure – says you’re irresponsible. You should have changed something.
The gift of belief:
Leaders change us when they believe in us.
If people believe in you, teach them to believe in themselves.
What are some gifts leaders give others?
How might leaders demonstrate belief in others today?
Yes, be thankful for your successes. Your successes mean you’re having an impact on the world around you.
Don’t hide your successes. Celebrate your successes and be thankful for them.
Hold up… You mean leaders should be thankful for failures? Oh yeah, leaders need to be thankful for failure.
Failure is an opportunity to learn and grow. You can examine your failures and see why they didn’t succeed.
Learn and grow from your failures. They’re a great stepping stone to your next success.
If you’re a leader, you’re influencing other people. These could be team members, customers, even your vendors.
Your influence is guiding and leading people. Be thankful for the influence you have on others.
Your team is a valuable part of your leadership. From leaders in training to the people working on the ground floor of your organization, these are the people who are the foundation.
Without your team, there’d be a lot more work for you, the leader, to take on.
Be thankful for your team members. They take a huge weight off of your shoulders.
Sometimes it can be hard to be thankful for the organization you work for. There comes a lot of stress and frustration when you lead an organization.
There are times when you feel unappreciated. You begin to wonder why you’re there when no one values the work you do.
This shouldn’t negate the thankfulness you feel towards the organization. You have the opportunity to guide, build, and lead the organization in a new direction.
Be thankful for the organization you work in.
Sadly, I’ve seen families get passed over by leaders more often than not. The leaders dedicate themselves to leading an organization yet forget to lead the most important organization they chose to join: Their family.
Your family is part of your mission. You chose them. And they’re a godsend.
Be thankful for your family every day. One day they may not be there.