Emotional Intelligence and leadership, by Navpreet Brar
Let’s look back into the times of rulers,their occupied territories and the people these rulers ruled. Are all the rulers discussed with much happiness and regard or only some of them are? If I remember from my history lessons, Akbar is one of the Mughal Ruler who was and is discussed in terms of his popularity among the masses. In Punjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh is much discussed ruler as he is considered to rule the hearts of the people. There had been so many rulers but why only few of them are remembered and much appreciated where as every ruler was powerful and quite intelligent and was capable of being a leader. Which factor holds more importance here, EQ or IQ?
The term EQ has become much recognized in recent times which refers to Emotional Quotient. Several researches have shown and have proved that people with high EQ have proved to be more efficient leaders than the ones who solely used their IQ (Intelligence Quotient). EQ is defined as a testing measurement of our ability to understand and apply our own minds emotionally. (ref. e.ii.org) and the related term to the same is EI (Emotional Intelligence) as defined by Peter Salovey and John Meyer, is “the ability to monitor one's own and other people's emotions, to discriminate between different emotions and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behaviour". (ref. Wikipedia).
Emotional intelligence comprises of four main factors:
#Understanding emotions and
This current scenario has given us a very clear picture of how efficient our leaders are in terms of managing and working with emotional climate. Emotions play a big role when it comes to efficient performance in any field during the time of crisis as we all faced during this pandemic. We have observed so many unfortunate incidents happening during this crisis as so many people were laid off from their jobs, people were not paid enough to survive, the efforts made by the employees were not much appreciated by their employers and there are numerous other incidents that took place and nothing has gone unnoticed. What is an efficient leadership? What is a leader expected to do?
A true leader is self-aware, he or she can self-regulate himself or herself, a true leader is empathetic and exhibit social skills. Communication plays a key role when it comes to managing a healthy social environment at a workplace or in any organization. Communication doesn’t only mean to hold group meetings and sending mails and filling the inbox, it means showing concern and instilling confidence in your employees and making them feel that they matter and they are doing a good job. So, instead of messaging, give a call!
Empathy, again is a very important factor when we talk about maintaining a healthy emotional climate at workplace. Assuring help and making the person in front feel that he or she can share and discuss his or her problems with you as and when required again helps in maintaining that vigour to work and serve among the employees.
Motivation and appreciation can never be ruled out when it comes to the achievement of success by any team or as an organization. True leaders are always motivating and know how to manage and handle different situations and their employees in times when they need them the most. Hence,researches have proved that leaders those who are Emotionally Intelligent have always been the most successful.
“It is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence, it is not the triumph of heart over head- it is the unique intersection of both.”
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