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Insure Your Business Acumen With Emotional Intelligence Leadership Development

By Scott Gibson

In attempting to discover the epitome of business skills, one can have a very easy job using newer findings. Emotional intelligence leadership development is one such concept. It is relative new, and its application to business even newer. It was introduced in a research paper in 1990. Defined scientifically, this newly recognized trait is the ability to understand the emotions, both yours and others, understand how it relates to relationships, and to manage both your own and others' emotions. It is the essential ingredient to a great business leader.

This quality can surpass any training, ideas, and an incisive mind. It takes all the components of this trait to be a great leader. Mayer defined the components of the trait in a research paper. There are five major components: Self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill. These were first identified by Mayer and Salovey, two Psychology professors.

Self-awareness is the ability to see oneself plainly, with confidence. We enjoy creativeness, and can make sounder decisions. Communications and relationships are stronger. Lying, cheating, and stealing are less likely. We get more promotions, and our leadership is stronger, give more and better employees and better companies.

Another component is self-regulation. This is the ability to control negative thoughts and impulses. It simply means being able to remain in control. It involves knowing your emotions, and those of others as well. It means being to calm oneself, and to manage relationships in a calm manner. You must further be able to motivate yourself, and recognize opportunities for self and others, and being able to be in charge at times when it is needed.

Motivating is another component. It helps the leader encourage the subordinate, as well themselves, to follow plans in their lives. It pushes an individual to work hard at achieving plans. However, there is no specific plan for motivating. As a leader, one should be aware of subordinates needs. Knowing different needs of subordinates will certainly make the decision-making process easier.

Empathy, another component, involves recognizing others' emotions, understanding things from their perspective. The leader must think beyond themselves, and recognize that people are probably not being unreasonable, but are merely responding to things based on their own perspective. The leader must think of things in that light.

Social skills involves the ability to communicate well with everyone. One must be skilled in conflict resolution, both involving self and others. They are adept at giving praise, and at getting others to accept a new project.

There are several aspects to being an effective leader. One must validate others' perspectives, look at their own attitudes, listen well to others, and try to do what the other person would want in a situation, not just guessing about the proper outcome. Recognizing and praising another based on your own idea of what is important, without thinking about their ideas, is not showing empathy. One needs to find out what the other wants and recognize them for that.

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