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Welcome back to the Mission-Critical Leadership Podcast. In this episode, we talk about 5 ways to grow your emotional intelligence.

Episode 10

As a Mission-Critical Leader, a lot of people are counting on your success. One of the biggest make-or-break areas of leadership is emotional intelligence. Mission-Critical leaders know how important it is.

In this episode, we talk about 5 ways to grow your emotional intelligence as a leader. We will also address why it matters and how you can help others on that journey. Podcast Cover art for mission-critical leadership podcast episode 10

In this episode, I share a story of our time in Denver and the ugly cry I did in front of new friends. It was an eye-opening experience for me on processing complicated emotions and why emotional intelligence is so critical for strong, healthy, capable leaders.

In This Episode

Also in this episode, we talk about:

  1. Why ignoring your emotions doesn’t make them go away.
  2. How to name your emotions.
  3. There is no such thing as a negative emotion. Do this instead.
  4. The importance of knowing (and vocalizing) problem situations. How you can handle conflict and emotionally charged situations well.
  5. Growing in empathy as a leader and how to help others on their own journey.

This episode is vital for leaders and will give you practical, hands-on application for emotional intelligence.


About Justin

Dr. Justin Hiebert works with mission-critical leaders to accomplish the unimaginable. Realizing that no leader has ever needed more things to do, he works with his clients to get the right things done. His clients rise above burnout, captivate their teams, and transform their communities. By engaging their hearts and minds, his clients unlock their full potential to be, do, and have it all. This affords them the ability to leave a legacy of influence and impact on the world. He is a husband, father, teacher, learner, and champion of joy. He resides in Bakersfield with his wife, four kids, two cats, and one dog. In his free time, he loves exercising, riding motorcycles, and doing anything outdoors.

Team doing puzzle with Increasing Creativity text over top

As a leader, one of the things you’re responsible for is increasing the creativity for you and your team.

Settling on Solutions

As leaders, our natural disposition can be to settle on solutions. That’s leadership, right? We know the problem, tackle the solution, and keep pushing forward.

Not necessarily.

In fact, quite the opposite is true.

Leaders who are expected to know and have all the answers create two primary problems.

First, they limit the effectiveness and full potential of their teams.

Second, they are subject to burnout.

Because of this, a large part of great leadership is not just about providing answers but creating an environment where our team can come up with better ones. Increacsing creativity happens thorugh an intentional delay.  Team doing puzzle with Increasing Creativity text over top

Instead of seeking answers to questions like, “What’s probable?” as a question like, “What’s possible?”

Creativity is about “What’s Possible”

One of the necessary shifts in leadership thinking is to encourage and facilitate questions around what’s possible.

Instead of moving to solution-oriented ideas and tasks, entertain possibilities of the wild and extravagant.

  • Imagine a customer writing your business praising you for your new product that helped them. What did they say, feel, or experience? Once you know what that end destination is, then you can work backwards to create the product you just visualized.
  • Pretend a new company pops up and exploits your weaknesses, what would they do? Now that you know your biggest weaknesses, you can discover new ways to beat them.
  • Plan how you would operate your business if you were operating at ten times your current profit margin. Once you are aware of that, continue the discovery processes by dreaming up those new products and services. Start testing those and implement big change.

Increasing Creativity

Implementing a creative making process for your team or organization benefits everyone.

The team will be more productive.

Your customers will have a better experience.

The community will experience greater blessing.

You will have less stress and more productivity.

However the process looks for you, take time to implement that creative process time

  • Bring together multiple disciplines.
  • Research seemingly unrelated fields or areas of interest.
  • Study the competition.
  • Hire a coach.


Want to work with me to increase your teams productivity? Contact me here.

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Whatever you do, don’t be too quick to settle on solutions. Look for what’s possible, not just what’s probable. Listen to those around you and look for new ways of doing things.