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Title: Emotional Leadership Theory: The Basics
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When you think of “intelligence,” you might think of someone who is good at solving difficult math problems, or someone who can easily read information and remember facts and figures from the material. While this is one form of intelligence, it’s not the only factor when determining how adept someone is as a leader.
Good leaders have an equal amount, if not more, of emotional intelligence. This is the idea that one’s thoughts and feelings have a direct impact on others within an organization – whether in business or in one’s personal life. Emotional leadership is the ability to maintain control of the emotions one emits, as well as recognizing the emotional state of others, and working to help manage any negative feelings that arise.
According to thought leaders Mimi Ho, Rolando Almanzar, David Ojena, and Haley Deane there is a direct correlation between being a successful, strategic leader and emotional intelligence.
Being a leader is emotional by nature. There is stress in guiding multiple employees and projects, but also joy and satisfaction when a job is done well. An effective leader will be able to think ahead to predict how specific situations might impact their own emotional state, as well as employee morale, in order to keep projects on track.
Studies have shown that emotional intelligence is a major deciding factor in how successful one is, both as a leader and in personal interactions. “Emotional Intelligence is a way of recognizing, understanding, and choosing how we think, feel, and act. It shapes our interactions with others and our understanding of ourselves. It defines how and what we learn; it allows us to set priorities; it determines the majority of our daily actions. Research suggests it is responsible for as much as 80% of the “success” in our lives” according to Freedman, et al.
Understanding Emotional Intelligence Theory in Strategic Leadership
To lead a company strategically, it requires the ability to think ahead, look at the bigger picture, and encourage engagement among employees and other managers so they’re all working toward common goals within the organization. Those who have a high level of emotional intelligence will be more successful at this because they can accurately understand and affect the emotions of others on their team, help work through hang-ups in strategic thinking, and help others work to their strengths to ensure company objectives are moving forward.
A leader who is calm, encouraging and able to handle stress without losing his cool will be more effective than one who is constantly on edge, yells at his workers and rules with an iron fist.
In other words, people are willing to work harder for someone who treats them with respect. And employees are happy with the person in charge, they are more likely to actively commit to a business and feel engaged enough to work toward the business’s goals.
The Four Elements of Emotional Intelligence Theory
According to psychologist Daniel Goleman, there are four elements which make up emotional intelligence. These are:
Self Awareness – This is the ability to recognize one’s own emotions with honesty, as well as learning the skill to regulate one’s own emotions. Someone who is self-aware will recognize he is becoming stress by a situation before things get out of hand, and then take necessary actions to remedy those negative emotions before they affect those around him.
Social Awareness – This involves being able to empathize with others while also being aware of one’s surroundings and the overall “tone” of the organization. Empathy means that one can understand or even feel the emotions of another. An empathetic leader can “put himself in another’s shoes” so to speak, and work with employees to overcome emotional roadblocks that may be hindering performance.
Self-management – This ties in with self-awareness, but is more about outward actions. Being able to effectively self-manage means having drive, motivation, and discipline to complete tasks, as well as a commitment to working with employees toward mutual goals. An effective leader will be able to complete the day to day operations of a business while also looking ahead.
Social Skills – An effective leader will get along with their team members, understand conflict resolution between multiple employees, and encourage others to be their very best. Someone who is capable of inspiring others to develop emotional intelligence and self-confidence is an effective leader.
Becoming More Emotionally Intelligent
Great leaders can be made, and you can learn the skills you need to become more emotionally aware. It will take some time, especially if these are new concepts to you, but it’s well worth the effort in achieving your end goals.
Know who you are: What makes you tick? What are your values? What do you believe in, and what makes you feel motivated? Equally importantly, does your organization align with these values? Understanding what you truly believe is the first step to being emotionally intelligent. You can’t steer your emotions in the right direction if you don’t have a well-defined idea of what that direction is.
Write it down: Sometimes keeping a written account of situations and how they made you feel can help you become more self-aware. You can also reflect upon how you handled a situation, what the results of your reaction were, and whether you could improve upon your reactions in the future.
Take time to think: If you feel yourself becoming frustrated or feeling another negative emotion, take a minute to stop and breathe. This will not only allow you to calm down and focus on solutions rather than reactions but will also set a good example for your team.
As you move forward, it will become easier to gauge your own feelings and understand the impact they have on others. You’ll also begin to recognize the signs that other members of your team are having a hard time with something, and you will have acquired the skills needed to help them overcome any negative emotions.