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Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

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Leadership that displays behaviors of high emotional intelligence is valuable to any company. Emotional intelligence is about your ability to recognize and react to emotions in yourself and those around you. This is a specialized skill that requires an abundance of practice. Unfortunately, as our world becomes more and more interactive through digital and online mediums, we see these skills deteriorating or simply not developing in young people. Emotional intelligence first requires a basic awareness of ourselves. The ability to recognize how we are feeling and react or manage this feeling appropriately. Jason Young details his personal experience in leadership and his quest for Emotional Intelligence.

research reveals four core EQ skills:

Personal Competence:
1. Self-awareness: your ability to accurately perceive your own emotions in the moment and understand your tendencies across situations
2. Self-management: your ability to use your awareness of your emotions to stay flexible and direct your behavior positively

Social Competence:
3. Social awareness: your ability to accurately pick up on emotions in other people and understand what is really going on with them
4. Relationship management – your ability to use your awareness of your own emotions and those of others to manage interactions successfully.

…More at The Emotionally Intelligent Leader by Jason Young 

Leadership is responsible for picking and periodically evaluating their team. An emotionally intelligent leader can delve deeper into a person's performance and address critical issues that do not arise with a leader who lacks insight. This is great for teams as unaired grievances are resolved before becoming huge blowups. An emotionally intelligent leader has the ability to defuse tense situations and manage interactions skillfully. Leadership that displays behaviors of high emotional intelligence is of high value to any company.

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