LEAD WITH EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Aristotle said, “Anyone can get angry – that is easy. But to be angry at the right person, at the right time, for the right purpose, and the right reason, in the right way – that is not within everyone’s power; and that is not easy.”
Emotions can make smart people stupid.
All of us have had the experience of being hijacked by our emotions, or dealing with someone who has. The impact of this often creates distance between us and others; as well as leaves us with a loss of control. Emotions create connection or separation. Emotions strengthen or weaken relationships. Further to that, emotions affect teams, families, and communities. Emotions even impact our immune systems, thoughts, words and actions – on all levels.
Emotional Intelligence is the suite of competencies that gives us the ability to manage our own emotions, be aware of another’s emotional state and deal with the emotional climate in a given relationship.
How does emotional intelligence help leaders?
– By gaining control over your emotions, you can gain control over your thoughts, words and actions.