Emotional Intelligence: Necessary for Leadership?
Posted on July 5, 2013 by TNS Consulting Team (via Scott Spayd)
Emotional intelligence, the ability to regulate one’s mood in the face of difficult situations, has become a hot topic in the realm of leadership. Possessing high emotional intelligence levels has long been considered a necessity for a strong leader. It is believed that the best leaders have the cognitive ability to regulate his or her emotions depending on the situation.
How else can emotional intelligence influence leaders? Pinder (2008) describes other ways that emotional intelligence can benefit leaders in organizations:
Knowing one’s emotions: Self-awareness, recognizing a feeling when it happens.
Managing emotions: Handling feelings so they are appropriate in the circumstances; being able to soothe oneself, to shake off gloom, and to generate positive feelings when necessary.
Motivating oneself: Being able to energize oneself, to get “into the flow state,” to delay gratification, and stifle impulsiveness.
Recognizing emotions in others: Being empathic, able to sense the feeling states that others are experiencing.
Handling relationships: Being able to generate constructive relationships with others, being popular, exerting leadership or support, being able to be a friend.
Do you believe emotional intelligence is necessary for strong leadership? Do you think leaders in your organization possess high levels of emotional intelligence?
Pinder, C. C. (2008). Work motivation in organizational behavior. New York, NY: Psychology Press.