Sometimes we don't think about the importance of emotional engagement when it comes to our work. Emotional engagement is about being connected to what we do. Being engaged in our work and connected to our colleagues is important to have a sense of purpose, belonging and attachment to feel aligned with our inner being. This is because attachment is a basic need of the brain along with orientation in seeing congruence towards our goals.
How we can promote employee engagement as a leader is by creating an environment of inclusion, diversity and belonging. Build trust in you as a leader through open communication, sharing problems as well as solutions as a team and having a shared purpose with alignment of personal values with those of the organisation.
Develop self-leadership through self-awareness, self-control and self-efficacy to build the belief in you as a leader.
Self-awareness is identifying your personal values and understanding your emotional triggers with some strategies in place to develop constructive responses. Strategies include labelling and reappraising your emotions.
Self-control is understanding emotional responses across 4 domains - biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual which is your personal belief system. Reading, conveying and managing your emotional responses, enables you to 'tune in' to the emotional responses of others to respond positively and constructively.
Self-efficacy is having self-belief when responding to emotion-charged situations with confidence in the ability to succeed towards your goal. Having a clear vision with goals and congruence is also part of self-efficacy to be an effective leader with clarity and direction. Prioritising your health is part of self-efficacy to be the most effective in serving others.
Being of service to others as an effective leader is by 'tuning in' to your own emotional responses and those of others to respond positively and constructively using skills in emotional competence.
Master emotional competence to be an effective leader through self-leadership and being of service to others on the upcoming digital course:
Mastering Emotional Competence in Leadership
I help corporate executive women to be more influential during emotion-charged situations by developing their emotional competence to respond constructively.