Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

15 10 2011

Technical skills and self-mastery alone allow you to be an outstanding individual contributor. But to lead, you need an additional interpersonal skill set: you’ve got to listen, communicate, persuade, and collaborate. Emotional intelligence is essential for good leadership. Too many organizations appoint their upper management solely based on the technical competencies. While these competencies are crucial for success, a leader cannot be successful without being able to inspire and motivate, build relationships or communicate powerfully.

Any individual contributor can possess the technical skills, but the leader is the one who needs to be able to manage the relationship with each of the followers. Leadership is the art of accomplishing goals through other people. If the leader is not able to develop the relationships, motivate and collaborate the team, they will not be able to accomplish the organizational goals. You can be the most brilliant innovator, problem-solver or strategic thinker, but if you can’t inspire and motivate, build relationships or communicate powerfully, those talents will get you nowhere.


Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

(HBR Article Collection)

by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee




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