Emotional Intelligence And Effective Leadership

1905 Words8 Pages
Emotional Intelligence and Effective Leadership Emotional intelligence is defined "as the ability necessary to identify, assess and control the emotions of oneself, other people or entire groups" (May, 2013). It means having the skills to control one 's emotions, as well as to "read the room" or interpret the moods and emotions of others with whom one is interacting. As a leader this is invaluable, since it is important to maximize the potential of one 's staff. Getting along with others is a key ability of leaders, and having and using emotional intelligence allows a leader to manipulate the situation to encourage people to like you more. Using emotional intelligence offers leaders that chance to be viewed as "more positive,…show more content…
It is the old saying, is the glass half empty or half full. A second example, occurred at work when I had a phone call delivering terrible news of a personal nature. Instead of letting this news impact my behavior and taking out my frustrations on my staff, I worked to remain positive and approachable. This enabled the department to work productively for the rest of the afternoon, rather than have work disrupted due to a poor attitude (mine) and the response to that attitude. EQ vs. IQ Emotional intelligence taps into a fundamental element of human behavior that is distinct from your intellect. Intelligence is simply your ability to learn, and it’s the same at any age (Bradberry, 2014). However, Emotional intelligence is a flexible set of skills that can be acquired and improved with practice. One can further develop their level of emotional intelligence over time, and don’t necessarily have to be born with it. There is no known connection between IQ and emotional intelligence; you simply can’t predict emotional intelligence based on how smart someone is (Bradberry, 2014). Your emotional intelligence is the foundation for a host of critical skills—it impacts most everything you say and do each day (Bradberry, 2014). Emotional intelligence is the single biggest predictor of performance in the workplace and the strongest driver of leadership and personal excellence (Bradberry, 2014). Why Leaders need
Open Document