Team Building by Boosting Emotional Intelligence
The Group’s EQ Can Help or Hinder Your Team Building Efforts
You know that, as a leader in your company, your emotional intelligence, or EQ, has a major impact on the interactions between you and your team members. What about the EQ of your team? Integrating emotional intelligence practices into your team building efforts will make your team run more smoothly and with fewer conflicts.
Examine these team building practices that can improve the quality of interactions among your employees:
Introduce team agreements. The concept of team agreements means that your team comes up with some standard practices for the team, and they can’t be made policy unless every team member is in agreement. An example of this may be a decision that, instead of having Monday morning staff meetings, the group will have a seven minute standing meeting each morning. This practice remains in place until the group implements a new, unanimous team agreement with a different plan for staff meetings.
Ban laptops in meetings. It’s easy for team members to feel disrespected or that they are not heard when they know that their team members are checking email and doing other work during a meeting. Don’t allow members to bring their laptops or tablets into a meeting, and instead make sure that there is ample time allowed outside the meeting for catching up on work.
Boost identity with a team ritual. Any group feels more cohesive when the members can say, “we always do _____.” Whether this is a Tuesday morning coffee or a one-song boogie session on Fridays to celebrate the arrival of the weekend, you definitely need a ritual that says, “we are us.” Inviting a potential hire to this ritual is also a great way to see if they fit your team culture.
Be transparent about strengths and weaknesses. Provide an opportunity for each team member to share some thoughts about what they are really good at, the triggers that make their blood pressure spike and areas where they feel like they need some help. When a team member is open about saying, “sometimes I struggle to meet deadlines,” it invites other team members to share what has worked to help them overcome a struggle with meeting expectations.
Create opportunities for feedback. Team building with emotional intelligence in mind often involves embracing a difficult moment or two along the way. Schedule times where it’s safe for employees to tell you and to tell one another what isn’t working well, and what is. Emotionally healthy teams are able to communicate this respectfully and look honestly at what could be better.
Know your employees. Developing a higher level of emotional intelligence among your team members includes understanding what motivates them and what tendencies and behaviors they are likely to exhibit. The objective data that can be gained from a behavioral assessment is invaluable to leaders that want to increase the EQ of their team.
Team building is a complex but immensely rewarding investment in your company. Talk with the experts at PI Consulting Group to learn more about how to build a team that’s emotionally resilient and built for long-term collaboration.