Emotional Literacy: Increase of Awareness Increases Effective Leadership

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Medicine and Health Sciences


In every organization, classroom, job opportunity or life experience, there is leadership. In order to cultivate healthy environments and communities, effective leadership is needed. With extensive research and analysis of literature, it has been found that emotional literacy and leadership are in correlation with one another. Emotional literacy refers to the ability for one to gain skills in emotional competence and aims to denote the common thought that emotional intelligence is a unique gift rather a learned skill. The research suggests that increasing physical and emotional awareness of yourself is the basis of emotional literacy and if practiced leads to effective leadership. The goal of current and future studies is to increase practices of awareness to decrease ineffective leadership; cultivating healthy community and relationships at the workplace, classroom, and within life. Various areas of life strive to cultivate healthy environments and effective leadership. A literature review of journal articles, books from psychologist and social workers, and scholarly studies were used to gain understanding of what emotional literacy is and how it can affect leadership. The original term, emotional intelligence, is used. However, this team uses the term, emotional literacy, in efforts to relieve some connotations that emotional intelligence is a gift. The term literacy connotes that it is infact a learned skill, available for anyone to grasp. Educating future and current professionals about how to attain emotional literacy has proven to have a beneficial effect on happiness, emotional control, decision making, job satisfaction, and occupational commitment. To improve leadership is to improve awareness of the self and social environment, emotional literacy embodies this practice and is key to increasing effective leadership.

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Becky Wolff

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Health Sciences

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