No matter how much experience you have in working with others there will be times when awkward situations arise. Do you know how to see these as opportunities?
Awkward situations can be as simple as:
- Not seeing eye-to-eye…
- Not liking what you’re seeing or hearing…
- Not seeing the reason to – the need for – or the benefit of…
Awkward situations can be as complicated as:
- Getting undeserved blame…
- Getting unearned praise or credit…
- Getting unwanted interest and attention from a coworker…
How you react and respond to awkward situations in the workplace can be an empowering opportunity to prove yourself as a trusted leader. In every situation, you get to choose to positively impact, influence, and inspire those who may be watching.
How Leaders Make Opportunities
The best managers are those who can identify and capitalize on the differences among members of their team. Emotional intelligence (EQ), as it is known today, impacts most of what people say and do. As a leader, when you use your EQ to better understand yourself and others, allows you to create opportunities for members of your team to use their unique gifts and abilities, while coming together to collaborate more effectively.
In the workplace, those with higher levels of EQ are most often the top performers, and repeatedly using emotional intelligence strategies develops emotionally intelligent behaviors.
Everything DiSC®, a personality assessment that incorporates a user friendly and non-judgmental survey for understanding behavioral preferences and personality styles, gives leaders and managers the opportunity to gain insight about:
- Who their coworkers really are – their personality type
- What strengths and understanding they naturally possess
- How to utilize these personality strengths effectively for more productivity
With this kind of knowledge and understanding, managers and team-leaders are empowered to turn potentially awkward workplace situations into opportunities for more success.
How to Make Opportunities of Awkward Workplace Situations
- Exercise Awareness. No one should be made to feel uncomfortable in the workplace. Use your EQ to pick up on any negative reactions and emotions and provide regular opportunities for hearing from those involved.
- Encourage Communication. Frustrations are kept to a minimum when members of your team are encouraged to ‘speak up’ and share ideas and successes – as well as concerns. Differing points of view provide opportunities for analyzing and improving processes, methods, and strategies.
- Expect Respect. Once earned, respect should be given where it is due. Be the example and lead with respect. Create opportunities to recognize members of your team for hard work, extra effort – even positive support. In return, the respect for you as a leader will exponentially increase.
- Look for more opportunities to impact, influence, and inspire others. Be willing to take your skills and experience to the next level. For example, this Two-Day Workshop designed for professionals, like you, who are ready to step up their game and make a significant difference in today’s workplace environment can give you the in-depth insight and solid solutions you’ve been missing.