What we know from the Carnegie Studies is that 85% of our success is down to our mental attitude and only 15% are from our knowledge and skills.
Our Emotional Intelligence affects our mental attitude.
Just look at what has happened at Manchester United since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the Caretaker Manager. He was a phenomenal player back in the day and it looks as though his managerial career could potentially follow suit. There’s no doubt about his skills and knowledge, however, his mental attitude is exceptional – both as a player and a manager.
We have all seen with our own eyes, the difference in the Man Utd team since Mourinho’s departure and the impact Solskjaer and Mike Phelan have had on the individual players, the team and the club in such a short amount of time.
Same players, different management team, different results.
This is a great example of Emotional Intelligence at it’s BEST!
This is a club where success is EXPECTED. They are used to WINNING. Yet since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, they have been unable to perform anything like the standard the club is known for. Their attitude has been completely different and perhaps accepting mediocrity instead of the excellence that is deeply embedded within their history.
It can be argued that Mourinho managed to get more of a performance out of the team than his predecessor’s for a few years, however, it’s been apparent this season that something was very wrong somewhere. The players looked jaded and their performance was lack lustre at best. Where they once thrived under pressure, they were crumbling instead. There were no leaders on the pitch. Their ruthless determination and prowess had diminished. They lacked confidence and clarity which affected their decision making and communication both on and off the pitch, so instead of the beautiful, one touch, quick football that is notorious at Man Utd, they were slow, unsure and struggled to put a free flowing game together.
This is the impact that mental blocks and not dealing effectively with emotions have. The players were capable of achieving far more than they were, but their minds were limiting them. The mind is so powerful! Emotional Intelligence accounts for 58% of your performance. It’s the strongest predictor of leadership and excellence.
Enter Solskjaer and Phelan and the same players look and sound completely different. This is evident in not only their results, but in their performance too. They have returned to winning ways with their ruthless nature and beautiful football shining through. There are several players in the team that are now demonstrating leadership. They are coping well under pressure, they are composed, making better decisions and look much more confident. They are energetic and driven once again.
A clear indication that their Emotional Intelligence has increased.
This is the power of effectively dealing with emotions. Our brains are hardwired to give emotions the upper hand, so it’s critical to deal with them effectively. If they aren’t dealt with effectively, emotions will control behaviour and we will react without thinking.
Emotional Intelligence affects everything we do. If you want a successful and fulfilled life, if you want to be the best you can be, if you want the results you know you are capable of, you must maximise your Emotional Intelligence skills.
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If you would like to read the BBC Article with an interview from Jordi Cruyff talking about how Solskjaer has “unblocked the minds of the players” click here