How you train emotional intelligence gives you and your team the resilience advantage in the midst of a tough season.
“More than education, more than experience, more than training, a person’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails." - Barbara Kerr
On an Emotional Intelligence group that I subscribe to, E.I. expert Barbara Kerr recently posted the quote regarding the strategic advantage of resilience. In the case of leadership, our teammates will perform, or fail to perform, based on their emotional intelligence - specifically when it comes to resilience.
My organization moved into a new level of competition this past season, which took an initial toll on our win/loss record as well as our ego. Having experienced a couple playoff runs the years prior to the move, my team wasn't used to the emotional toll of losing. Even so, to our relief we instituted an emotional intelligence training program 2 years prior which ended up becoming our strategic advantage to staying resilient.
Sitting at 0-7, the team maintained their resilience which promoted a learning environment and an adaptive growth mindset for our new competitive environment. Our resilience contributed to a 4-0 run to end the season! To quite the skeptics, I must note that our end of season competition didn't get easier and we didn't add any new talent mid-season. Instead, we just proved to be more emotionally intelligent as an organization, which is exactly what we trained to be. http://bit.ly/HjEdaO
In my opinion, any leader must take Barbara's quote to heart and decide how they will train their own organization to become resilient.