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Emotional Intelligence and Leadership
In your opinion, is it enough to be emotionally intelligent to be a leader?

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Of course not - high EQ is just one of the many attributes of a good leader. Strategic thinking, good judgment, organizational and analytical skills are also important.

Kiron
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Feb 21, 2020 1:09 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Interesting what you wrote:
"Strategic thinking, good judgment, organizational and analytical skills are also important"

Do you include the vision and set the course in strategic thinking?
Feb 21, 2020 8:44 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Of course not - high EQ is just one of the many attributes of a good leader. Strategic thinking, good judgment, organizational and analytical skills are also important.

Kiron
Dear Kiron
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Interesting what you wrote:
"Strategic thinking, good judgment, organizational and analytical skills are also important"

Do you include the vision and set the course in strategic thinking?
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Feb 21, 2020 3:27 PM
Kiron Bondale
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Most definitely. Strategy is about deciding what we will and won't do and that has to start with understanding where we want to end up (vision).

Kiron
I believe the answer to this question is quite obvious and doesn't need spelling out.

A lot of the effort nowadays is directed towards helping current or prospective leaders develop Emotion Intelligence. It's not hard but it does take some practicing to develop this skill.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Feb 21, 2020 2:19 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Joy
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Interesting what you wrote:
"I believe the answer to this question is quite obvious and doesn't need spelling out"

Interestingly I have read many opinions where people confuse leadership with emotional intelligence
Feb 21, 2020 2:01 PM
Replying to Joy Iyer
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I believe the answer to this question is quite obvious and doesn't need spelling out.

A lot of the effort nowadays is directed towards helping current or prospective leaders develop Emotion Intelligence. It's not hard but it does take some practicing to develop this skill.
Dear Joy
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Interesting what you wrote:
"I believe the answer to this question is quite obvious and doesn't need spelling out"

Interestingly I have read many opinions where people confuse leadership with emotional intelligence
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1 reply by Joy Iyer
Feb 23, 2020 12:33 PM
Joy Iyer
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Hi Luis, an interesting insight from Daniel Goleman in Working With Emotional Intelligence (New York, NY. Bantum Books) was that EI accounted for 67% of the abilities deemed necessary for superior performance in leaders.

This may explain to a certain extent why people confuse EI with Leadership, although the two are quite distinct.
Dear Luis ,
A Good leader should have an acceptable level of Emotional intelligence, but a person with a high developed Emotional intelligence is not necessary a leader, it's also needed a set of the skills that can complement the Emotional intelligence.

Alexandre.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Feb 21, 2020 3:33 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Alexandre
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Interesting what you wrote: "it's also needed a set of the skills that can complement the Emotional intelligence"

Do you want to talk a little about those skills that, in your opinion, complement emotional intelligence?
Feb 21, 2020 1:09 PM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Interesting what you wrote:
"Strategic thinking, good judgment, organizational and analytical skills are also important"

Do you include the vision and set the course in strategic thinking?
Most definitely. Strategy is about deciding what we will and won't do and that has to start with understanding where we want to end up (vision).

Kiron
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Feb 21, 2020 3:34 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us
Feb 21, 2020 3:16 PM
Replying to Alexandre Costa
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Dear Luis ,
A Good leader should have an acceptable level of Emotional intelligence, but a person with a high developed Emotional intelligence is not necessary a leader, it's also needed a set of the skills that can complement the Emotional intelligence.

Alexandre.
Dear Alexandre
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Interesting what you wrote: "it's also needed a set of the skills that can complement the Emotional intelligence"

Do you want to talk a little about those skills that, in your opinion, complement emotional intelligence?
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1 reply by Alexandre Costa
Feb 21, 2020 5:05 PM
Alexandre Costa
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Dear Luis,

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to deal with our emotions and comprehend emotions and feelings of others through empathy in order to facilitate relationships, manage stress, handle frustration and overcome all types of obstacles in the daily life and achieve goals and objectives. EI allows us to understand our emotions to handle them in the best way.

But trying not being to much detailed, in my point of view depending of the function of the leader, it's important that cognitive intelligence is high develop as also ethical intelligence, conjugating this intelligences we can assure that emotional intelligence becomes more effective, even so some times it's necessary lead by example, emotional intelligence don't make sure we're able to do that, in that cases it's important to associate also analytical, strategical and practical intelligence to be a great leader.

my mottos will always be:
1 - train values before training emotional intelligence
2 - emotional intelligence is all the more effective the more cognitive intelligence we have.
3 - Empathy , easy relationships do not solve all kind of problems,to create a vision or analyzing complex problems, we always need practical, analytical and strategical intelligence.

Alexandre
Feb 21, 2020 3:27 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Most definitely. Strategy is about deciding what we will and won't do and that has to start with understanding where we want to end up (vision).

Kiron
Dear Kiron
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us
Feb 21, 2020 3:33 PM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Alexandre
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Interesting what you wrote: "it's also needed a set of the skills that can complement the Emotional intelligence"

Do you want to talk a little about those skills that, in your opinion, complement emotional intelligence?
Dear Luis,

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to deal with our emotions and comprehend emotions and feelings of others through empathy in order to facilitate relationships, manage stress, handle frustration and overcome all types of obstacles in the daily life and achieve goals and objectives. EI allows us to understand our emotions to handle them in the best way.

But trying not being to much detailed, in my point of view depending of the function of the leader, it's important that cognitive intelligence is high develop as also ethical intelligence, conjugating this intelligences we can assure that emotional intelligence becomes more effective, even so some times it's necessary lead by example, emotional intelligence don't make sure we're able to do that, in that cases it's important to associate also analytical, strategical and practical intelligence to be a great leader.

my mottos will always be:
1 - train values before training emotional intelligence
2 - emotional intelligence is all the more effective the more cognitive intelligence we have.
3 - Empathy , easy relationships do not solve all kind of problems,to create a vision or analyzing complex problems, we always need practical, analytical and strategical intelligence.

Alexandre
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Feb 22, 2020 11:31 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Alexandre
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for sharing your opinion with us
Luis,

I do NOT believe that emotional intelligence equates to leadership. I recognize from comments you have made on some of my posts that you believe I hold the position that the two are synonymous, but I do not. My use of metaphors and correlations that do not translate well are likely the reason for this misunderstanding.

Now, regarding this question, what are your thoughts:

- To what degree can you be an effective team leader without holding and practicing the qualities of emotional intelligence at a foundational level?
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Feb 22, 2020 11:36 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear George
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for sharing your opinion with us

I believe I misinterpreted what you wrote
I apologize for the part that touches me

After your comment I am convinced that we are aligned about the importance of Emotional Intelligence in the domain of interpersonal relationships and, consequently, in the exercise of leadership
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