The Importance of Emotional Intelligence for Team Building



Josh Gibson earned his BA from Cornell University and his MD from Columbia University. Now serving as an executive coach and business consultant in San Francisco, Josh Gibson assists clients in integrating emotional intelligence into successful team building.

“Emotional intelligence” is a term developed by researchers John Mayer and Peter Salovey that is defined as a capacity for understanding and handling emotions in yourself and in others. Emotional intelligence plays an important role in teams because interactions between people in teams often rouse emotions.

Emotional intelligence can greatly enhance team efforts due to an increase in trust and motivation. Evaluating team strengths through personality tests and emotional intelligence assessments plays an important part in building a team.

Good teamwork requires a strong team leader who can act as a facilitator and keep everyone engaged. The more aware that leaders become of their own strengths and the strengths of their individual team members, the more they can use these traits to work toward a common goal.


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