(This is Part 7 in The Liberating Leader at Work series. Read Part 6 here.)
It’s our connectivity with others that determines so much about our ability to grow in our influence. Think about it; someone can be outstanding in their hard skills and have all of the credentials to prove it, but if they are limited in their Emotional Intelligence, their influence will only go so far.
Interested or Interesting?
In GiANT, we use a number of visual tools, along with simple language, to help us grow in our EQ. Here’s one called “Interested or Interesting?” You already see where this is going. In human interactions, we have a choice to enter a conversation as one who is interested in others or as one who wants to appear interesting. Both matter, but our caution is to be careful to play the “interesting” element carefully. We have all been in situations where others went on and on and on about themselves, and it put us at a disadvantage. No matter what we said, they had a better story which boomeranged it all back to them. [Read more…]