In the article “What makes leader: Why Emotional Intelligence Matters,” written by Daniel Goleman, he said about an essential thing that a great leader has, and this is emotional intelligence. In the article, he emphasizes how a person would not be considered as a great leader if he doesn’t possess this. He said, “Without it [emotional intelligence], a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but he still won’t make a great leader” (Goleman).
He is not trying to say that IQ and technical skills are irrelevant, in fact, he said that they do matter. He also analyzed the competency model with 188 companies, most of which were large and global, and government agencies. He group three capabilities in three categories; purely technical skills like accounting and business planning; cognitive abilities just like analytical reasoning and competencies demonstrating emotional intelligence. These individual leaders were put in extensively interviewed and test and surprisingly, they have come up with several lists of ingredients for highly effective leadership skills.
Some of these leaders are purely great at IQ type and cognitive ability, Technical skills, while other large group were great with emotional intelligence. He also said that leaders that are emotional intelligence have a great impact on job performance and efficiency. This is not my first time hearing about emotional intelligence. In fact, one of my class in my previous semester, we talk about it and learn how this kind of ability leads someone to success.
The question is, what is emotional intelligence, and why does it matter?
Emotional intelligence is how well a person can read and monitor their own emotions as well as the emotions of others. There are proven benefits to increasing one’s emotional intelligence, including improved mental health, better job performance, and better relationship maintenance. In the past chapters that we have discussed in class, Dr. Helena Hannonen stated, “leadership is a power that influences everyone to follow.” In management wise, a leader is needed to lead the organization. Without a leader, there will be chaos. An organization is basically will not function and there is no end goal at all.
A person that has a strong ability to control his emotional tends to perform well in an organization. He knows how to control his emotions and learn to implements necessary changes in his command. Without emotional intelligence, a leader will be difficult to interact with others. In our textbook, one of the things that I have learned is that an organization succeed or fail not only because of how well they are led but also how well the followers follow. But the main question, why do they follow? It will boil down to again on how a leader builds that strong relationship with his people.
We have great leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and many more that have led the heart of many because they have a strong emotional intelligence. They are well empathizing with others. Great interpersonal skills. They’re also good with self-awareness and self-regulation. All of this is because of emotional intelligence. In many ways, I believe that I am a leader. In my work as a tour guide, I lead 15 – 20 people each day I work and with this, I am leading my group.
As a husband too, I’m responsible for leading my wife and my future children in the right way. With emotional intelligence, I can greatly connect with these people. I can control my thoughts and properly lead them to what is necessary. I can motivate and influence them and most importantly, myself. This concept is very important to me, especially now that I have learned all the principle of emotional intelligence. Just like what Daniel Goleman said, IQ, technical skills other skills are necessary o lead an organization but, emotional intelligence will greatly impact my future as I reach a leadership position in many aspects of my life.