Greatness begins with awareness.

Emotional Intelligence Includes Listening With Respect

Time to Listen“I listen to you and you listen to me, then our feelings won’t get hurt.”

– Sarah Myers, age 4

This statement rolled off my daughter’s tongue when she was much younger. I stopped and smiled at her wisdom, hoping this would be foundational thinking for an emotionally mature adult.

Emotional intelligence is a crucial skill but it doesn’t come natural to all of us.  While for some adults it is easy to develop strong interpersonal skills and adapt to interpersonal challenges in business and leadership roles, others may struggle with it.

As an Executive Coach, I often get to work with leaders on improving their “interpersonal agility.”  We look at their communication skills and see if they are an asset or a hindrance in their leadershipThe coaching brings awareness of their emotional intelligence skills and gives leaders an opportunity to understand their impact and then experiment with new types of approaches that may not come naturally to them.

On To You

Listening with respect and empathy are critical skills to be successful in leadership, teamwork, and our personal life.

How is your emotional intelligence? Do these skills come natural to you or do you struggle with them? Pay attention as you go through your days. Ask others for feedback on how well you listen. You might hear some interesting insights!

Contact me if you want to make emotional intelligence a stronger part of your leadership style.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Similar Posts


Reach new heights in the role you love by bringing more of what’s amazing about you into it.


Learn how to work together in the most productive way by leveraging the strengths of every person on the team.

Subscribe to Susan’s Blog

Learn how to work from your greatest strengths

Share This