The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership Communication

1122 Words Jan 29th, 2018 4 Pages
Without effective leadership, whether from an office manager, a campaign strategist or a registered nurse, teams of people holding varying positions within any organizational structure will invariably succumb to inefficiency and inefficacy. Renowned research psychologist Kurt Lewin pioneered the analysis of leadership styles through his groundbreaking 1939 studies, identifying autocratic (authoritarian), democratic (participative) and laissez-faire (delegative) leadership as the three predominant methods of stewarding large organizations. Lewin and his colleagues concluded that the genuine motivation of subordinates is best achieved by utilizing a variety of tactics, including positive encouragement, punishment for failure and the provision of incentives, depending on the distinct leadership style exhibited by a particular manager. While organizational management requires a calculating ability to utilize logic-based reasoning skills, "effective leaders go beyond these rational motivations to create an emotional connection … they give meaning to work, to reach deeper levels of motivation" (Matha and Boehm, 2008), which is why the most successful leadership is often achieved by employing emotionally…
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