Emotional capital is a critical component to influencing people and developing strong relationships. I’ll explain what emotional capital is and then give you five ways to develop your emotional capital wealth to increase trust, leadership influence, and the strength of your relationships.
During my first start-up, my mentor said to me while waiting for a flight, “You have a real talent for building emotional capital. You naturally build a strong emotional connection with people.” I did not have a clue as to what he meant and didn’t care at the time.
I was exhausted from virtually no sleep during supporting system conversions and just wanted to get home – or throw up. I could not figure out which one I was feeling at the time. You business travelers get it.
Days later – and once I got a little sleep – I asked him what he meant.
What was this emotional capital thing and do I need a shot for it?
“Emotional capital allows you to be able to mess up occassionally and still have life with a client or in a relationship.
Over the years, I’ve realized how important the wealth of emotional capital and connection is to not only leadership influence but in relationships as a whole.