Critical Thinking Essay

2434 Words Oct 30th, 2014 10 Pages
This is a summary of the article The Emotional Intelligence of Leaders by Daniel Goleman in Leader to Leader.

Goleman’s main point was to establish that the best leaders posses a skill that is learned, a skill called emotional intelligence. All leaders have credentials that make them good. Intellectually gifted leaders posses many innate abilities such as ambition, perseverance, and commitment. However, Goleman makes a case that better leaders often posses other abilities that make them more effective. These components are listed in the article as self-awareness, ability to manage emotions, motivating others, showing empathy, and staying connected. Goleman explains that many of these functions stem from a certain part of the brain
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Leaders that posses this skill, are able to read others body language. These cues may or may not be obvious, he states. Having this skill is what Goleman states really separates effective leaders from ineffective or even rational leaders. Possessing the ability to empathize with co-workers, employees, or team members allows a leader to be able to articulate the thoughts and feelings of those around him or her in a concise manner.

The author writes about the final component of emotional leadership is that of staying connected. Leaders with emotional powers are able to connect with others through a positive aura that naturally draws or attracts others. People that posses this skill use the connection that emotions have to drive enthusiasm or energy to those around them. Goleman states that emotions are contagious and powerful.

Finally, the author alludes to the fact that these components of effective leadership are not innate, but that they can be learned. With training and practice, one can develop these skills and over time hone them to open the door to countless opportunities. With maturity, many of these traits are also picked up and truly effective leaders are the ones that create the best situations for themselves and others to thrive in organizations.

This is a summary of the article Thought Leadership: a radical departure from traditional positional leadership by Mitch McCrimmon in Management Decision.


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