“What Makes a Leader?” from HBR on Emotional Intelligence

May 24, 2014

Emotional Intelligence is critical to your effectiveness as a leader. The business where I am currently employed, Ambassador Enterprises, LLC, uses the byline “Relational Effectiveness Drives Organizational Performance” as they so believe in the importance of “EQ” and relationships.

Following is a quote from a good article on EQ by Daniel Goleman on the Harvard Business Review blog:

I have found, however, that the most effective leaders are 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 mainly as “threshold capabilities”; that is, they are the entry-level requirements for executive positions. But 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.

Following is a good graph from the article.

Five Components of a leader from HBR

Click here to read the entire article.

What are you doing to improve your EQ?

BG