Leaders appear to make decisions based on what they may gain or lose in their leadership roles. This may mean being viewed as week or strong. Are they risk takers when it comes to their being viewed by their followers which goes against the status quo? Any changes may also be seen as a compromise of their values.
In 1985 Reuven Bar-on was reasearching the qualities that lead to success. He showed there was much more than traditional Intelligences or IQ and developed the concept of Emotional Intelligence-Emotinal Quotient or EQ was born.(Roy Childs, Emotional Intelligence and Leaderhsip). 2012 Team Technology. According to the Harvard Business Review, emotional intelligence is one of the defining qualities of agood leader. It can take a person of somewhat “average intelligence and abilities and transform them into an effective and successful part of any organization. An emotional leader would have emotional intelligence which is defined by the ability understand and manage our emotions and those around us. This quality gives individuals a variety of skills such as the ability to manage relationships, navigate social networks, I influence and inspire others. (Sara Flecther, Lead Change Group. May 30, 2012.)
In today’s workplace, it has become highly important why leaders should cultivate their emotional intelligence: self-awareness; emotional management; effective communication; social awareness and conflict resolution.(Sara Fletcher ,Lead Change Group. May 30, 2012.) The idea that success in both life and in work (at least where managing people is concerned is a significant factor) became highly credible and organizations have recognized how their best leaders and managers need to develop their understanding of themselves and other. (Roy Childs, Emotonal Intelliegence and Leaderhsip. 2012 Teamology.) An emotional leader is also characterized as being charmismatic.
Charmismatic leadership theory is a popular and much reseached approach to understanding effective leadership. (Hughes, Ginnett, Curphy, 2003). Using this intelligence is based on several models, self –assessment questionaires.This approach has obvious limitations in identifing levels of self- awareness“how can you be aware of what you are not aware of!“(Roy Childs Emotional Intelligence and Leadership.2012 Teamology) A better approach is said to be expertimental exercises, feedback response to identify strengths and weaknesses, self-assessments by an independent source which offers a higher level of honesty. This approach challenges many challenges but can cause growth and development.