From the Director’s Desk – October 2012

Emotional Intelligence

“IQ and technical skills are important, but emotional intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership”

Daniel Goleman

                In 1998 Harvard Business Review featured an article entitled “What Makes a Leader?”  Daniel Goleman, author of this article, has done significant work in the area of Emotional Intelligence. In fact, he coined that phrase which was also the title of his 1995 book by that same name.

If we were to ask you the same question, ‘what makes a leader?’ how would you respond? The answer to this question is important and worthy of our consideration.   Last month we looked at Peter Scazzaro’s Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and the negative consequences of not attending to emotional health, especially in the area of Christian leadership.  This month we want to explore the characteristics of emotional intelligence and the positive ways that it contributes to excellence in leadership.

As an overview and by way of introducing Goleman’s article, HBR wrote the following:

In his (Goleman’s) research at nearly 200 large, global companies, Goleman found that while the qualities traditionally associated with leadership—such as intelligence, toughness, determination and vision—are required for success, they are insufficient.  Truly effective leaders are also distinguished by a high degree of emotional intelligence, which includes self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skill. 

                These qualities may sound “soft” and unbusinesslike, but Goleman found direct ties between emotional intelligence and measurable business results. 

Leadership demands that we continue to work on emotional health.  There is no shortage of ways to compromise it or, in some cases, devastate it.  Not only are we up against the day to day barrage of encounters dealing with people’s difficult situations but we are up against an Enemy that wants our undoing!  Paying attention to our inner world of thought and feeling, holding both up to the scrutinizing light of Scripture and the healing embrace of Holy Spirit, will help us to keep our emotional balance for our personal and pubic arenas.

I would encourage you to download the article referenced in this introduction to our topic for this month at…/WhatMakesaLeader.pdf as well as look at the “What Makes a Leader?” Youtube interview Additionally, please browse through this month’s articles related to this topicYou will also find a downloadable leadership series for this month under the tab Leadership Training (online) entitled “Security or Sabotage:  How emotional insecurity prevents effective leadership.”  We trust this will be helpful for you to use with those you continue to develop in leadership. 

               God help each of us to grow more emotionally mature and expressive of His love and values as we labor together in leadership!

Grace and all good to you!!!

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