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emotional intelligence, successful leadership, leadership


Organizations significantly rely on effective leadership to ensure corporate success, as well as employee prosperity. The concept of emotional intelligence (EI) plays a major role in how successful a leader is. Emotional Intelligence is defined as possessing the skills to recognize, comprehend, and respond to one’s own emotions and the emotions of others in an effective manner (Nath et al., 2015). A large amount of information can be gained through emotions, such as, what people are thinking at a particular time, and how an individual may be coping with a difficult situation (Rathore et al., 2017) Due to this, it becomes imperative that leaders have the skills set that enable them to identify and interpret emotions. Someone with high EI also can better manage and resolve stressful situations due to their ability to control their feelings and understand the feelings of others. There are three major principles of EI: consciousness of self, consciousness of other, and consciousness of context (Shankman et al., 2015). Consciousness of self incorporates understanding how one’s own emotions and perceptions impact how one will respond in a situation (Shankman et al., 2015). Being conscious of others incorporates the understanding that the emotions and backgrounds of others affect the overall impact of how someone will respond in situations. The consciousness of context encompasses the idea that situations and environments differ due to dynamic influences. All three principles of EI include capacities specific to each principle. Reflecting and identifying the ability to execute each capacity, identifies how highly individuals excel in the three principles of EI. Including understanding EI aspects in leadership organization training programs can improve effective leadership (Sadri, 2012). Incorporating identifying and reflection activities in a leadership training session helps develop or improve a capacity that a person may lack. These activities can improve the number of leaders in any organization and can help each individual improve their personal capacities within EI.

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Becky Wolff

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Health Sciences