Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

Take it from one who knows….Senior Strategic Partner, Charles Parnell is an expert when it comes to Leadership and Emotional Intelligence. This week’s Power Idea will be one of great value to read. Enjoy!

There has been an enormous amount of research and discovery regarding the characteristics and traits that separate extraordinary leaders from those that are not. The results are that they do the following: lead by example, challenge the process, enlist others in their vision, enable others to act, and reward superior performance. We now know that these characteristics are critical for success, but we also now know that there is another one – emotional intelligence. Emotional Intelligence is the capacity to manage the emotions within one’s self and in the interaction with others.

For years, it was widely believed that people with high IQ’s would be successful leaders. Our view of human intelligence was far too narrow, ignoring a crucial range of abilities that matter immensely in terms of how we do in life. It appears that now “emotional intelligence” has become part of our daily language. There are factors that account for the fact that some people with high IQ’s flounder while some people with modest IQ’s do surprisingly well. These factors include: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social. These are the components of emotional intelligence. They add up to a different way of being intelligent. Although shaped by childhood experiences, emotional intelligence can be nurtured and strengthened throughout adulthood – with immediate benefits to our health, our relationships and our work. There is tangible evidence that emotional intelligence translates into on-the-job success and that high level executives have experienced these benefits.

There is evidence that the scope of thinking about emotional intelligence is expanding, leaping from a focus on capabilities within the individual to a focus on what emerges when people interact, whether one-on-one or in a group. There is no doubt that when teams become emotionally intelligent, they will become high performing teams and maximize the probability of the organization achieving its strategic goals. As we know, leaders in this country and around the world are intensely focusing on teams and processes.

Leaders recognize that we’re in a knowledge-based, global and interconnected marketplace. The business environment will continue to be competitive and challenging. For organizations to compete and be successful, they must have emotionally intelligent supervisors, managers and leaders. This will also help the organizations to become good corporate citizens in their respective communities.

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To Your Success!
Jerry



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