Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

Learning How to Be More Aware

When you think of a “perfect leader,” what comes to mind?  Who comes to mind?

You might picture someone who never lets their temper get out of control, no matter what problems they’re facing. You might think of someone who has the complete trust of their staff, always speaks kindly, listens to their team, is easy to talk to and always makes careful, informed decisions.

These are qualities of someone with a high degree of emotional intelligence or EI.  Wikipedia gives us this for EI:

Emotional Intelligence (EI) describes the ability, capacity, skill or, in the case of the trait EI model, a self-perceived ability, to identify, assess, and manage the emotions of one’s self, of others, and of groups.[1] Different models have been proposed for the definition of EI and disagreement exists as to how the term should be used.[2] Despite these disagreements, which are often highly technical, the ability EI and trait EI models (but not the mixed models) enjoy support in the literature and have successful applications in different domains.

In this article, they look at why emotional intelligence is so important for leaders – and how you, as a leader, can improve yours.  In our highly charged and emotional professional setting – EI can be critical to success.

Follow the below link for the complete article.

From:  Mind Tools  Mind Tools

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