Why is emotional intelligence important?

Help me understand emotional intelligence and self-control in leaders. Why are they important?


Why do I need to understand emotional intelligence in leaders?


We have all read about very smart and intelligent leaders, politicians, celebrities or athletes at the top of their game getting involved in scandals due to apparent lack of self-control or anger management issues.


If somebody excels at emotional intelligence, they are able to control and redirect their emotions. Do you unconsciously wear gloves to work and are ready to defend and verbally punch anyone who disagrees with you?


Emotional intelligence quiz

What are some ways to handle your negative emotions? Take this short quiz and find out:

  1. Take a break and eat ice cream or chocolate, this will makes you happy.
  2. Take a short nap.
  3. Talk to your best friend.
  4. Meditate for 10 minutes.
  5. Walk around the block for at least 20 minutes.
  6. Continue working, you do not have time to handle your feelings.
  7. Lay in your couch and watch TV


If you answered yes to # 2, 3, 4, 5, you are handling your emotions constructively. Passive activities like snacking on junk food, watching TV or suppressing your negative feelings will only make your situation worse.


Think about the last time you ignored your feelings, did it just simply go away?  Or did you just bury it? or did it blow up on something totally unrelated?


Liza Sichon is the founder of Executive HR Coach. She coaches executives and their teams on how they can meet their financial goals, advance their careers and live fulfilling lives.  For more information, visit her website http://executivehrcoach.com/emotional-intelligence-need/ and http://www.linkedin.com/in/lizasichon/.

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