Emotional Intelligence And Effective Leadership

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Emotional Intelligence and Effective Leadership As human beings, individuals are constantly exposed to emotions. It is in our nature to feel and be emotional as our emotions contribute to our humanity. Our ability to manage and be aware of these emotions and that of others is defined to be our emotional intelligence (Boyatzis, 2014). Essentially an individual’s emotional intelligence is related to how that individual handles themselves and their relationships in an emotional sense. This entails the ability to display emotional self-control, adaptability, empathy, and understanding for the emotions of others and of one’s self (Boyatzis, 2014). In relation to project management, emotional intelligence is strongly believed to correlate to effective management whist also acting as the foundation for all relationships. The key concepts surrounding emotional intelligence and its contribution to effective leadership is its association to an individual’s ability to not only inspire and motivate but to develop relationships, make decisions and effectively resolve conflict. Emotional intelligence is a topic of interest because there is a lack of acknowledgement for it in technical dominant fields such as engineering. Individuals who rely heavily on their technical skills neglect the importance of their interpersonal skills (Boyatzis, 2014). However, due to increased awareness and recognition for emotional intelligence in relation to effective leadership and behaviours. There is a
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