High levels of Emotional intelligence are common characteristics
of successful leaders. Emotional Intelligence comprises several
competencies. All competencies are based on aligning the wants,
needs, interests or other emotional characteristics of others with
the vision the group wishes to achieve.
These competencies include:
the understanding of emotional motivations, desires, wants, and
the ability to appeal to these on a consistent basis and in an
the ability to marshal resources based on aligning needs with
the leader's overall vision.
The ability to motivate others is a critical component of building
a unified effort among your team members. High emotional
intelligence makes this much easier to accomplish as it
greatly affects the ability to build rapport and trust between
the team leader and the team's members.
Another aspect of this very critical and useful competency is an
understanding of one's own emotions and how one's presence
affects others. Great leaders are able to use these abilities
to affect change. Knowing how an audience member or team
member will react to certain stimuli and using this as a means
of motivating or invigorating them is a common technique
for great leaders. It is often argued that one should thoroughly
study Maslow's hierarchy of needs. I agree that there is value
in understanding this, but there are infinite possibilities in real
situations. An astute ability to interpret behavioral nuances will
afford a leader the ability to uniquely tailor a message to
different individuals and incorporate their specific emotional
triggers without the appearance or existence of duplicity.
It is important for the leader to understand that these
aspects of a team member's behavior and motivations
may or may not be cognitive in nature and, as a result,
addressing the member's motivation directly may cause
dissent, distrust, or fear.
Effectively utilizing this ability can transform the types
of results a leader can create. The ability expands the
boundaries of team unity to help a leader build a more
effective and more unified team that has mutual interests.
This can help make the team highly collaborative and extremely