Qualities traditionally associated with great leadership such as intelligence, toughness and vision are required but are truly insufficient. A high degree of emotional intelligence is a crucial requirement of an effective leader. A person can have the best training in the world, a great analytical mind, and endless ideas but these attributes alone won’t make a great leader.
The five components of Emotional Intelligence are:
- Self-Awareness–ability to recognize your own moods and the effect it has on others.
- Self-Regulation–ability to control or redirect the moods. In other words, think before acting.
- Motivation–a passion for work that goes beyond money and status. Pursues goals with energy.
- Empathy–ability to understand the emotional makeup of other people and deal with emotional reactions accordingly.
- Social Skill–ability to build networks and manage relationships. Can find common ground and build rapport with teams.
Truly great leaders have the brains, and ability to recognize their own emotional skills as well as responding compassionately and empathetically to those he/she has stewardship over.