Five Reasons WHY Leaders Need Emotional Intelligence Training

The Center For Leadership Studies

Emotional Intelligence (EI) competencies comprise a skill set they must not only have at moderate to high levels but keep in balance, as well. Emotionally intelligent leaders raise performance levels. Emotionally intelligent leaders raise revenue margins.

Shifting from Star Performer to Star Manager

Harvard Business Review

Now, you’re going to be managing a team of high-performers in a division of your company that everyone’s buzzing about. You’re well aware that you’ll need to rely on your emotional intelligence skills to understand and work through your new team’s dynamics. I’m not sure they even really need a manager, they’re that good and that motivated.” Managing Yourself Book. Most of all it takes emotional intelligence.


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Leadership Is About to Get More Uncomfortable

Harvard Business Review

But hierarchies are flattening as power moves away from top internal management and toward employees and a proliferation of external stakeholders. David McClelland points out that both emotionally intelligent leaders and their egocentric counterparts tend to be motivated by power; they enjoy having an impact on others.The difference is in the type of power driving them: Egocentric leaders tend to be concerned only with personalized power – power that gets them ahead.

Office Politics Is Just Influence by Another Name

Harvard Business Review

At best, such confidence is grounded in self-awareness, self-management, and a desire to move people for the good of all. The combination of emotional intelligence and, what the late great David McClelland, called socialized power , can result in influence strategies that make people enjoy working together toward common goals. Most of us cringe when we think about office politics. It’s a disgusting, immoral mess that we try to avoid.