The New Year is a fantastic opportunity for self-reflection and growth, both in our personal and professional lives.
If you work as part of a team at your job like we do at KWSM, this might be a great time to think about how you’re contributing and what you might do to improve.
Conscientiousness and emotional intelligence both play a key role in becoming a strong member of a dynamic team.
Identifying Strengths and Weaknesses in Your Team
While every team is different, all individuals have their own strengths and weaknesses to balance. One of the best ways that you can support your team is by taking the time to get to know colleagues in order to understand their work styles and areas of expertise. Getting to know colleagues on a personal level improves trust and communication, making for more effective working relationships.
When understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your team, it’s equally important to know your own assets and vulnerabilities. When you encounter a challenge, it’s critical to have a firm understanding of your teammates’ strengths to quickly find and implement the best solution. Additionally, knowing the weaknesses of your team members will allow you to recognize opportunities to step in and use your own strengths. Developing personal relationships and being conscientious of your colleagues’ skills will create a more successful team.
Applying Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
While often left off of resumes, emotional intelligence is one of the most valuable skills you can bring to any job. Developing interpersonal skills like empathy and communication are a crucial part of being a supportive team member and fundamental to eventually becoming a successful and strong leader.
Creating personal connections with colleagues not only improves company culture, but it also makes for a more efficient and communicative working environment. But how does someone improve their level of emotional intelligence? While it comes more naturally to some than others, these skills can be practiced and developed over time. And not only will improving your emotional intelligence give you a leg up in your professional career, but it will also make a significant impact on your personal relationships and growth.
If there’s one New Year’s resolution you stick to this year, let it be a commitment to increase your emotional intelligence. Developing these skills will make you a stronger team member, leader, and friend and partner as well.
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