How Emotional Intelligence is shaping the future of leadership

When we face difficult situations or uncertain futures ahead (just think how the 2020 global events have rolled out completely from left field), as humans we get into fight or flight mode. We are made this way, this is our primitive brain that takes over. This is also the time when employees look for their leadership to provide support and guidance. Here is where emotionally intelligent leaders will thrive and will have a higher success rate at guiding their teams through crisis. Emotional intelligence, a term that has gained popularity in recent years, refers to the ability to work with others, be empathetic, lead with integrity, and manage emotions in a constructive manner, as well as emotions of others.

In his book Emotional Intelligence, author and psychologist Daniel Goleman suggested that EQ (or emotional intelligence quotient) might actually be more important than IQ. Think how far anyone can go if equipped to groom both?

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