What makes a good leader? – Whenever I ask this question from a group of people on a training or a workshop I get the same results: overwhelmingly high scores on the EQ side and IQ somewhat slacking behind. Although many participants surprised by the results, science also has proved the results.
Daniel Goleman is the psychologist and author who put emotional intelligence in the business landscape. He found that, beyond a certain point, there is small or no correlation between IQ and high levels of professional success.
In a Harvard Business Reviews’s article from 1998 , “What Makes a Leader,” he states:
“The most effective leaders are all alike in one crucial way: they all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence. It’s not that IQ and technical skills are irrelevant. They do matter, but…they are the entry-level requirements for executive positions. My research, along with other recent studies, clearly shows that emotional intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership. Without it, a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but he still won’t make a great leader.”
Today at a workplace employees are cutely aware of whether or not they blend in their organizational culture and they want their leaders to be more mindful of their needs. People want their leaders to be more in touch with who they are as people outside of work (not just as their colleagues) to assure that their career track is in proper alignment with and supports their personal and professional goals. When leaders have these qualities employees tend to relate to them more and they better perform.
Here is a quick checklist to ensure you use your emotional intelligence skills at the workplace:
#1 How empathetic leader am I towards my team/organization? Are you completely open and sensitive about your employees and their need? Try to widen your landscape and begin to see opportunities previously unseen.
#2 What is the emotional atmosphere in my team/organization? What is going on currently in my organization which effecting my employees? How can I help them?
#3 How well do I manage my own emotions? How do I function as an emotional leader towards my team/organization? Check if you are truly making the best impact on everyone on a good day and how does that change on a stressed day?
If you want to give yourself even more information, ask a trusted colleague to review the questions and give you feedback on how they see you in relation to each task. You can also get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org to take an EQ leadership or 360 assessment to help you see areas where you can improve and take the best out of your EQ potential.