Summary of the Goleman and Mccrimmon Articles

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SUMMARY OF “THE EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE OF LEADERS” BY DANIEL GOLEMAN In his article, “The Emotional Intelligence of Leaders,” Daniel Goleman discusses the importance of emotional intelligence in leaders. He also discusses the structure of emotions and lastly how to increase emotional intelligence. There is no difference between the qualities of leadership and the qualities of the heart. Being rationally intelligent does not make you emotionally intelligent. Unlike inborn intelligence, emotional intelligence can be willfully developed. Our emotions and our thoughts must be in harmony for us to be effective leaders. This is the principle of emotional intelligence. There are five dimensions of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, managing emotions, motivating others, showing empathy and staying connected. Self-awareness enables you to merge your choices with your inmost values thus enabling you to make better decisions. Self-awareness is vital to accurate self-assessment. An effective leader does not hide behind his or her inadequacies but rather recognizes them. Self-confidence is another leadership ability which is based on self-assessment. A self-confident leader is in essence an effective leader. To be an effective leader you must be able to control your impulses or manage your emotions. If you do this you will also be able to handle stress in the workplace effectively. Leaders who are impulsive also tend to lack self-control and can sometimes become abusive towards others. Managing emotions helps us to have self-control which in turn helps us to lead a team more effectively. A good leader must motivate others. We are all moved to action by our emotions. As leaders we have to always remain optimistic so that we may be able to handle any obstacles that come our way. This will also motivate our team. We must learn from our setbacks and also inspire others to do so. The ability to empathize with others is also a very important leadership attribute....
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