Boosting individual performance


Leadership research tells us that the lack of interpersonal skills and the inability to adapt are the two principal derailment factors in careers. Today there is a growing body of science in the emerging field of Emotional Intelligence Skills, indicating that proper understanding and use of emotion are critical in helping leaders become more effective and better communicators. On top of this, there are very specific skills in regards to influencing people in a positive way that can be taught and that can help improve the results leaders get from their teams.

What does the research say?

A study of more than 1,400 leaders and managers found 41% felt inappropriate use of communication or listening was the biggest mistake leaders made when working with others. Conversely, the most critical skill a leader could possess was communicating and listening (cited by 43%), followed by effective management skills, emotional intelligence and empathy, values and integrity, vision and empowerment.

Of the top five things leaders and managers failed to do when working with others, the one that came up the most was not providing appropriate feedback (cited a whopping 82%). Failing to listen or involve others in the process was nearly as big a failing, cited by 81%.

More than three quarters raised failing to use a leadership style that was appropriate to that person, task or situation and a similar percentage (76%) felt leaders failed to set clear goals and objectives. Nearly six out of 10 complained that leaders failed to train and develop their people.


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  • Leadership coaching and training using a framework of Emotion and Behaviours at Work
  • Identifying individual roadblocks and providing coaching and training to remove them

How can PurpleCat help?

We use the EBW system (Emotion and Behaviours at Work) to assess the individual preferred working style and Emotional Intelligence. It enables forward-looking organisations to access the power of emotions and communication to create better leaders and more productive team members. Using the EBW advanced assessment, leaders can instantly see which behaviours are inhibitors and activators to effective leadership. Barriers to progress are easily identifiable and a clear programme to support the leader can be quickly instigated.