Leadership and Emotional intelligence

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Leadership and Emotional intelligence

Reviewed article: What Makes a Leader? (Course slide Page 175~183)

Article Brief Summary:

Emotional intelligence and leader

Effective leader have a high degree of emotional intelligence.

IQ and technical skills are important, but emotional intelligence is necessary for leadership.

Evaluating Emotional Intelligence

Capabilities are grouped into three categories: technical skill; cognitive abilities; emotional intelligence that are proved to be twice as important as the others for jobs at all levels.

The higher the rank of a person considered a star performer, the more emotional intelligence capabilities showed up as the reason for his effectiveness.

Emotional intelligence not only distinguishes outstanding leaders but can also be linked to strong organizational performance.

Emotional intelligence can be learned

Emotional intelligence are both born and made.

Emotional intelligence learns best through motivation, extended practice and feedback.

It's important to emphasize that building one's emotional intelligence cannot -will not- happen without sincere desire and concerted effort.


The ability to recognize and understand one's emotions, strengths, weaknesses, needs, and drives

A high degree of self-awareness recognize how their feelings affect them, other people, and their job performance

Extends to a person's understanding of his or her values and goals

People with high self-awareness are able to speak accurately and openly about their emotions and the impact they have on their work

Can be identified during performance reviews and their self-confidence

Self-aware people are well suited to do the same for the organizations they run


The ability to control your feelings and even to channel them in useful ways

Be able to crate an environment of trust and fairness

Fewer bad moods at the top mean fewer throughout the organization

People who have mastered their emotions are able to roll with the changes

Enhance integrity - not only a personal virtue...