Leadership in the Workplace: Why Emotional Intelligence is Essential

What makes a good leader? Experience? Vision? Knowledge? These traits are all traditionally associated with effective managers. But nowadays, there’s another factor that is slowly gaining reputation in the workplace: Emotional Intelligence.

It’s been a big buzzword recently, but what does it actually mean? And how can we apply it to our organizations? Leadership among peers requires a certain emotional quotient. Being able to discriminate between employee’s feelings and label them appropriately is something that truly separates the mindset of a midlevel manager from that of a CEO.

Time and time again, research has shown that high EQ can work wonders in the workplace in virtually any field. A recent study found that employees who had managers with high EQ were four times less likely to leave their company and that more than 70% of their perception of the company culture resulted from these manager’s emotional intelligence levels.

CEOs and politicians have harnessed EQ to achieve incredible results in their respective careers, and with the help of the infographic below, created by Norwich University’s prestigious Online Master of Science in Leadership program, you can discover the benefits and importance of Emotional Intelligence.


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  1. […] Understanding the importance of emotional intelligence, managers should strive to increase their emotional quotient to the best of their abilities.  […]

  2. Acton Ace June 25, 2016 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Leadership is a quality that everyone should process. Being a leader is not cushy along with it comes responsibility and accountability. Leaders have the responsibilities to maximize the potential of the people with whom they graft & encouraging them to follow the wisdom of others. Leader should be honest and integrated in order to succeed and inspire others to follow them.

    • Vision. A smashing leader must bring vision to life 4 that they must be future focused i.e. they must know, what is to be done, How it is to be done & For whom it is to be done. This can be done by casting their vision and ensuring that they have the right people in right place.
    • Emotional Intelligence. Good leader is always wiser with people with whom they work with for this they must be well versed with Emotional Intelligence skills. True leader should know how to use power of other people emotions along with their own this will help them more productivity and collaboration which will help them to grow further.
    • Effective Communication Skills. Savvy leaders are the one who is a mint listener, ask question and speaks if something is to be said. In leadership communication is a key, leader must be able to communicate with others but being a mint listener will surely going to help.
    • Inspiring Gratitude, Personal Responsibility, and Sacrifice in your Corporation are essentials leadership at work.
    Mr Chris Salamone https://goo.gl/S8dMjD formerly served as a faculty member at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and served as a leadership curriculum adviser at The University of Central Oklahoma. Chris Salamone works to improve the lives of young people around the world through his many philanthropic endeavors. He functions as chairman of the Lead America Foundation and extends a considerable amount of financial support to fund the education of 300 children in Haiti.

  3. Lewis Young August 18, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Very interesting infographic – the stats aren’t surprising, Emotional Intelligence can really have that much of an impact. This skill takes you from being a good manager to a great leader and it’s something we empthasise all the time at HF.

    I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve got an infographic myself that I’d love to share with you – https://www.managersdigest.co.uk/2016/07/11/infographic-three-ways-to-unlock-your-emotional-intelligence/ this resource helps you unlock your Emotional Intelligence focusing on three core areas. It also helps you identify indicators for low EI so that you can help improve yourself and your team.

    I hope you like it!

    Lewis Young

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