Emotions and Leadership

In this Emotions and leadership: The role of emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence has the potential to contribute to effective leadership in multiple ways.

Investigating how leaders’ capabilities in the emotion domain or their emotional intelligence contribute to their effectiveness certainly seems worthy of future empirical research and theorizing.

In Narcissist Personality and Emotional Intelligence – meth addition treatment,

The last facet of EI is the ability to connect people and ideas, which the NPD possess a kind of street-smart EI. They are acutely aware of whether people are with them wholeheartedly and know who they can use and can be brutally exploitative.

How would one leverage emotional intelligence in order to contribute to effective leadership?

Here is my reflection on emotional intelligence.

How would emotional intelligence meet standards for an intelligence?  See my next post.


4 thoughts on “Emotions and Leadership

  1. In the article you mentioned about narcissist personality, it seems to highlight the difficulties in psychology about simply categorising and labelling, a lot of pyschology articles and blogs I read (and this may be just my perception who knows) as if the author has written with an apparent certainty that whatever disorder they are writing about is correctly diagnosed. A diagnosis is a failure. Its a failure to come up with anything better so will settle for the most suitable, based on the research and evidence out there. It would be nice to see the writing as if it is the beginning rather than an end, this allows for more possibilities.

    So in relation to emotional intelligence in the way you wrote your post last year – this was more emergent.

  2. Hi Nicola,
    I thought it would be good to include both the merits and limitations in basing on EI as a measure of intelligence amongst leaders. I have cited with my previous post on some of the implications with EI training, which could become another leadership “fad”, without truly understanding the importance of self value and individual’s multiple intelligence (Gardner’s MI). Can knowledge be certain? This depends on the type of knowledge that one is referring to. If we are referring to factual knowledge. In the case of health, I think we need evidence based “information”, and that is “science”.

  3. Hi John, the main article you referenced does include an overview with the different types mentioned. If people can demonstrate evidence based information (not a fantastic example but say some of the way things are reported after studies which involve fMRI scans) about e.g. in the main article one of the emotional intelligences – knowing about emotions and being able to spot fake emotions, this would be helpful. Or is this already happening naturally amongst humans but to date has not been explained particularly well.

    I agree with your point about fad – does this mean that those involved in psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapies etc who could be ’emotion experts’ and are validating emotional intelligence, need to be careful about how they – present this validation. Not knocking science and the practice at all – just the way some of it is worded in order to influence or infer a conclusion in a specific way, which might not have actually arisen based on the evidence in the research. Still that might just be my own interpretation again.

    Thank you for your explanation, very much appreciated as ever,

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