Emotional Intelligence on Leadership

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emotional intelligence, leadership


After conducting extensive research, a study has been compiled that describes emotional intelligence and the difference between an individual’s IQ and EQ. The main method used was reviewing peer-reviewed scholarly articles about the role of emotional intelligence in professional settings. Successful leaders are highly astute in using emotional intelligence on a daily basis. Thus, a discussion of the crucial role that emotional intelligence has on leadership and in the workplace has been included. Emotional intelligence involves utilizing the abilities of a leader to be empathic and calm in a difficult situation. They are problem-solvers and can control an argument between two opposing sides and reach a compromise that includes everyone’s input. High EQ is more favored than high IQ in a company; while high IQ is important, high EQ is equally crucial. There are four components of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. A leader who does not develop these four components will not have an engaged team, lacking teamwork and communication. Technical skills are overlooked if one does not have the capacity to master emotional intelligence. Hard skills are overemphasized, while soft skills such as teamwork, interpersonal communication, and time management are all aspects that an individual with a high EQ can utilize. In conclusion, by expanding one’s capacity of consciousness of others, self, context, one will have an easier time advancing in one's career and working in teams. After looking into the importance of emotional intelligence, it is highly recommended that individuals who seek to be effective leaders focus on building these skills. Today, most organizations desire employees who can understand the importance of the human aspects of interactions. Showing empathy and connecting with one’s team can drastically impact the organization’s community engagement. It is expected that emotional intelligence is as important, if not more important than an individual’s intelligence quotient.

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Becky Wolff

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Health Sciences

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