Do You Lead with Emotional Intelligence?

…the most effective leaders are all alike in one crucial way: they all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence. It’s not that IQ and technical skills are irrelevant. They do matter, but…they are the entry-level requirements for executive positions. My research, along with other recent studies, clearly shows that emotional intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership. Without it, a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but he still won’t make a great leader. (Goleman, 2004)

Dr. Daniel Goleman is well known for his publications in emotional intelligence (EI). His emotional and social competence inventory (ESCI) can be used to assess the emotional and social competencies that distinguish outstanding leaders. The five components of EI include

· Self-awareness

· Self-regulation

· Motivation

· Empathy

· Social skills

To prepare for this Discussion, take McKee’s emotional intelligence quiz, “Quiz Yourself: Do You Lead with Emotional Intelligence?” in the Learning Resources. This quiz is not from Dr. Goleman; however, it will introduce you to the concept of EI.

By Day 4

Post at least two takeaways from taking the quiz about yourself.


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