Innovating and upskilling for 2021
Are you innovative in your approach to leadership? Ahead of #InnovationDay (16 February), we ask you to consider what you are doing to drive success and inspire others in the ever-changing world of work.
People skills are an integral part of what makes a good leader. In order to fulfil their role, they must be able to not only earn the respect of their peers, but also bridge the divides that emerge from the different perspectives inevitable in a team of any size.
Working in today's professional environment guarantees a varied experience of personalities, motivations and cultural values that have to be managed and understood.
Having become a highly-regarded component of effective leadership in recent years, emotional intelligence (EQ) refers to the ability to interpret and act upon the feelings and values of yourself and others. It is a particularly useful skill for managers and executives as it enables a careful consideration of the personal drivers and motivations within a team or organisation, therefore allowing for an all-encompassing approach to strategy.
One of the first applications of EQ to the business world came from the Harvard Business Review in 1998, which defined this aptitude for working with others as having five essential factors:
- Social skills
Leaders in the modern era are generally expected to have a healthy dose of each trait in order to excel, naturally garnering the support and respect of their peers by virtue of EQ skills. However, in some cases, circumstances may require more advanced development.
Expanding on the principles of EQ, its cultural counterpart requires a deeper level of empathy and motivated desire to understand those around you.
For professionals who find themselves in foreign situations, working with and managing people with a significantly different background and perspective from your own presents a unique and often extremely difficult challenge. The normal parameters of displaying EQ are altered by cultural differences and behavioural interpretations that are all the more important in an increasingly global business world.
Cultural intelligence (CQ) is defined by Forbes as combining cultural knowledge, cross-cultural skills and cultural mindfulness to overcome the typical barriers caused by complications like language, tradition and custom.
FutureLearn, the open online course platform, offers a professional development programme in 'Developing Your Cultural Intelligence'.
ICAS Executive Coaching Programme
Leading Figures, experts in coaching and consulting for finance and business professionals, have produced the ICAS Executive Coaching Programme to promote innovative thinking and accelerate the career growth of CAs.
Improving your performance with emotional intelligence
ICAS offers a face-to-face course in Improving your performance with emotional intelligence in partnership with BPP Professional Development.
Online learning and development pack
Find new and better ways of doing things and adapting your leadership style with the ICAS / BPP Online learning and development pack. This collection of 10 courses covers essential skills and learnings to keep you at the forefront of innovative thinking, including:
- Emotional intelligence
- Dealing with change
- Management expertise
- Negotiation mastery
- Presentation skills
- And much more!