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Emotional Intelligence In The Context of Leadership

Emotional intelligence is perhaps one of the things we absolutely should not underestimate when it comes to leadership and management.

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What is emotional intelligence and why does it matter so much?

Photo by Tengyart on Unsplash

Emotional intelligence (otherwise known as emotional quotient or EQ) is the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict.

Imagine leadership without emotional intelligence and you’ll quickly arrive at the “Burnout” station

  • be more self-aware — when you are emotionally intelligent, you know your emotions very well and find it easy to distinguish them. That’s important because knowing your emotions lets you find the best ways to express them. You know that in business a leader can rarely allow their emotions to control them to the point when they cause disturbance and discomfort in the team. So being self-aware of your emotions and reactions is actually an important asset of self-development — you can foresee an emotion and channel it through healthier expressions while at work.
  • emotional intelligence helps you be aware of your surroundings — a leader is in charge of their team. So being aware of your surroundings is actually closely connected to being able to tell how your employees feel at any given moment throughout the day. Reading facial expressions, showing empathy, and engaging in honest conversations are surely good ways to help people feel better and deal with their emotional triggers in a healthy and productive way.
  • it’s the easiest way to self-manage your own personal triggers — a leader should be someone who is resilient and always there for their employees. Emotional intelligence gives you the power to self-manage your emotions whenever you witness a triggering situation. This doesn’t mean not letting your feelings flow; it just means observing them for what they are and finding better alternatives for when you are at work among the team members. Later, you can use some quality alone time to self-reflect and deal with the raw emotion so that it doesn’t bottle up and make you explode sometime later on.




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Ivan Popov

i was once an athlete. then a journalist. now i am a ceo of vipe studio. still running marathons though.