5 Key Components of Supportive Leadership

When an organization has supportive leadership, the employee’s are less stressed and frustrated in the workplace which leads to more productive team.  A supportive leader is genuinely interested in those around them, therefore they build trust and inspire others to overcome challenges. They know how to motivate and encourage team members which boosts their productivity.


Unfortunately, not all leaders have this positive effect on their team. An untrained leader can damage team comradery if he or she criticizes others in a public setting and never offers acknowledge or encouragement. If they are angry or out-of-control, this can fray nerves and hamper your employees' abilities to problem solve when you need them at their best.


Leaders who have a high degree of emotional intelligence (EQ) understand their own emotions, control them and are also sensitive to the feelings of others. According to American psychologist, Daniel Goleman, an individual with high EQ, has these five major personality components:


1. Self-aware


They are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses. They are humble despite having a commanding presence in a crowded room.


2. Self-regulated


They have great control over their emotions which can sometimes be perceived as cold, aloof, or dispassionate. Contrary to popular belief, their calm demeanor when under pressure is the hallmark of a great leader.


3. Motivates Others


A great leader knows how to motivate others to do their best and they lead by example. They know how to get all members of the team to move in the same direction and they keep them motivated through good and bad.


4. Empathetic


The greatest leaders want to get to the truth, therefore they ask their team questions and they listen to the answers. They’re also good at read what body language which helps them determine what’s not being said. They can handle difficult conversations with ease because they truly care about others and empathize with their difficulties.


5. Great Social Skills


People need to know that their leaders are genuinely interested in them. Great leaders know how to give praise when it's due and when they give feedback, it doesn't come across as criticism. They want their team members to be their best and they are willing to do what they can to help them get there. When conflicts arise, they are able to bring disagreements into the open get them resolved by encouraging team members to have an open discussion and helping each member recognize each other’s feelings to come to resolution.


There's no better time to commit to the workforce and leadership goals you have for your company. Are you ready to start?


Our management team can create an action plan for workplace and leadership development that's tailored specifically for your company. If you need assistance with creating a more supportive leadership team, contact us at 866-659-3400 ext. 7 or e-mail Fran Bishop at franb@afmsco.com.

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