Often we think that if we train and prepare before the big event or meeting, we will perform well. By coming to the table with the Exceptional Player attitude, with high skills and competencies, that small difference between high performer and exceptional performer will depend so much on you and how you see and process things emotionally and intellectually.

What I discovered in looking closer at Emotional Quotient (EQ) and Intelligence Quotient (IQ), is that your success will depend on how well both of them work together. The lower of those two, when making your most important choices and decisions, will affect your overall success on a personal and professional level. Low EQ has proven its danger over IQ so many times, and this ends up affecting the team dynamics and overall team results – particularly when based on the coach’s or leader’s performance and the behavior they exude.

I found it to be imperative to have a right leader, leading the team in order to achieve overall organizational or team success in addition to enabling the maximum contribution from each player on the team. How did I get there?

As my curiosity and passion increased over the years and exposure to various teams in professional sports as well as Fortune 500 companies, I was able to see the strong connection between true leaders and high performers.

We live in a world of technology; statistics and analytics show us so much evidence about the mechanical and technical side of individual and team performance as a part of pure matrix calculations. As one of a hockey coaches Don Granato recently shared with me, “We continue to add science; however, we will never coach robots.” As a result, other aspects of human beings are more and more excluded, affecting individual and team performance in professional sports.

Through my graduate program, while focusing on my degree in Leadership and Organization, I discovered many powerful books and authors sharing their many years of wisdom, including The Leadership Challenge. As Kouzes and Posners state in The Leadership Challenge, “In this dynamic global environment, only adaptive individuals and organizations will thrive.”

But how does that happen on an individual and team level within organizations and professional team athletes?

The key is to create an environment to strengthen your and others’ EQ and IQ by:

1. Enhancing Self-Determination and Personal WHY

2. Continuing Development of Competencies and Confidence

3. Designing Jobs or Coaching to Offer Latitude

At the end of the day, all of us strive to be the best we possibly can. A little assistance or push along the way by exceptional mentors, coaches and leaders can make all the difference in the world.

“We continue to add science; however, we will never coach robots.” ~ Don Granato

Massive success to you on your journey as a transformational leader!

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Learn… Lead… Love…  Izabela Lundberg  (@IzabelaLundberg) is CEO and Founder of Izabela Lundberg International. She is an Executive  Consultant, Trainer & Speaker for Fortune 500 and  Professional Athletes & Coaches. She is #1 International Best Selling Author & Leading Authority of Leadership Transformation From Fear to Greatness. Drawing on her extensive global business management, diversity, and high-performance impact expertise through her work with people from over 80 countries, Izabela also writes and speaks on topics such us  Strategic Leadership & InfluenceLegacy Leadership, & #HighPerformance #Impact.