To be Emotionally Intelligent(EQ) implies being aware of your emotions. It also includes knowing the emotions of others. Being able to control one’s emotions and how it is expressed is also part of (EQ).
It requires the ability to handle your interpersonal relations in a more positive way.Taking advantage of negative emotions to lead your self and others into success.
It involves being able to handle criticism is a product of EQ.
Who Needs Emotional Quotient or Intelligence?
The turth is, everyone including you needs to have a good level of emotional intelligence.
Every person in a leadership position needs (EQ) first and foremost before anything else.
Emotional intelligence (EQ or EI) is a key factor for your success as an individual, a professional and a leader.
Ghana’s Education is on a test drive, massive crash landing envisage if leadership at the ministry fails to improve its emotional intelligence capacity.
Who is Emotionally Intelligent?
Every one of us in a leadership position and all aspiring to occupy a leadership position including our honourable Education Minister needs to master Daniel Goleman’s five key elements of emotional intelligence.
Failure to understand and apply Self-Awareness skills, Self-Regulation, Motivation, Empathy, and Social Skills while in leadership can negatively impact the fortunes of a leader.
Anyone who has the ability to understand the feelings of others and deal with people successfully is emotionally intelligent.
Such a person can judge and measure the emotions of followers and act in one of the best right ways in any giving a situation.
Emotional Intelligence helps the leader to control his own emotions and guard against loose talks.
It helps the leader to be very selective in the choice of words, gestures, and responses at a given time. Thus you know the times and seasons and what to say, how to say it with the emotions of others in mind
It helps master the ability to be calm in stressful moments and not to flare up at the slighted provocation.
It fuels your communication skills and helps build a good relationship management culture.
Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
The leadership approach must change from one that is all-knowing to one that collaborates, inspires and builds confidence and considers the frustration of others who are affected by your leadership.
Having a high IQ is advantageous but having EQ is like having the magic wand that makes all the difference in leadership.
I have watched from afar, listened from a distance, and heard the voices of the millions on education.
All I see is politics engulfed education leadership that is failing to motivate, hardly self regulates, shows no empathy and does not consider the emotions of others.
Destroying the successes of others, downplaying achievements of predecessors and weakening existing structures and gains continues unabated.
There is a huge disconnect between the MoE, GES Efficiency is struggling to survive and leadership is gradually fading into oblivion.
Positional power is on the increase rather than productive and resourceful leadership.
Self-ego and gratification have gained prominences instead of servant leadership and transformational leadership.
This may be the outcome of poor communication and wrong decisions that leadership continues to hang even when they know the decision is ‘sick’ and needs help a cure.
How long shall political leaders learn to lead? Must they exit such positions before they learn?.
Going forward our political leaders must know their temperaments, learn to manage them and have a strong leadership training. If not, we shall continue on this sad path.
Enlighten your self more about emotional intelligence by reading and learning the processes of mastering it.
It will do us all a lot of good. Five ways emotional intelligence can make you a better leader is recommended for your reading
Source: Wisdom Eli Kojo Hammond |Human Rights Activists|Public Speaker| Budding Leadership Expert |Educationist and Author |Newsghana24.com