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Book #5: Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman.

A good reminder why leaders should remain calm and poised is candidly stated by Goleman, where he notes that “In his research, extreme displays of negative emotion have never emerged as a driver of good leadership.” Through his research at about 200 large, global companies, he found that while the traditional leadership qualities —for example intelligence, toughness, will power, and vision—are required for success, they are not sufficient. Real effective leaders also show a high level of emotional intelligence, which includes what he calls the five components of emotional intelligence.

The five components are self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill. Goleman describes these as the five components of emotional intelligence. While these qualities may sound a bit soft and woo-woo, Goleman found direct correlations between emotional intelligence and measurable business value and results.

The good news is that these qualities can be learned. Goleman’s five components of emotional intelligence can be seen in the characteristics of excelling leaders that I teach in my leadership development masterclass.

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By Dayo Sowunmi II

GAICD, M.Comp (Monash)

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