Leadership is an important aspect of a team's success. It is often believed that a successful leader is someone with high intelligence, determination and vision. These are certainly qualities that make a candidate meets the technical requirements of the position, but an effective leader should "distinguished by a high degree of emotional intelligence, which includes self-awareness, self regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill" (Goleman 1998). In the movie, Harry Stamper is brought to the team due to his expertise as a driller. Due to his strong knowledge and skills, he quickly establishes himself as the sole leader of the operation. However, is he an effective leader? The components of emotional intelligence will assess whether Harry is truly an effective leader.
Three of the emotional intelligence components are self-management skills. First component is self-awareness. Self-awareness is "the ability to recognize and understand your emotions and drives along with their effects on others" (Goleman 1998). It allows individuals to honestly assess themselves. Self-aware people are more likely to recognized their own strengths and weaknesses, therefore less likely to take on task they are incapable, as well as better taking constructive criticisms. In the movie Harry was able to demonstrate strong self-awareness. Harry's goal was very clear: to save the planet and keep his daughter safe. As good as he was in his occupation as a driller, he was aware that him alone cannot complete the task. He therefore recruited members who he believes are the best fit to this operation. He was also aware of his lack of experience in space and allow NASA member Colonel Willie Sharp to prepare the crew of outer space knowledge. With strong self-awareness Harry keeps himself vocal in areas which are his strengths and learn from other members of the area he is weak.
Next is self-regulation. Self-regulation is "the ability to control or redirect disruptive impulses and...
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