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What it Means to be a Leader

Leadership is about emotion. Even Forbes says so. We admire the people we admire because, in some underlying way, they have the ability to inspire us – to create a spark. Most of us, by sheer misfortune, aren't natural-born leaders. But many of us innately have the traits and transferable skills that can make us worthwhile leaders someday.

In historical context, it was Daniel Goleman who first paired the terms "emotional intelligence" with business. After thorough research at nearly 200 large, global corporations, he discovered that the qualities associated with "leadership" include intelligence, toughness, determination and vision. However, he deemed these relatively insignificant when looking at the broader picture. "Truly effective leaders are also distinguished by a high degree of emotional intelligence, which includes self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skill," according to Goleman in an article by the Harvard Business Review.

While these terms seem "soft" in nature, research over the past half-dozen years has proven a distinct relevance between the value of emotional intelligence and achieving measureable business results.

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Self Awareness

The ability to recognize and understand your moods, emotions, and drives, as well as their effect on others

Self Regulation

The ability to control or redirect disruptive impulses and moods
The propensity to suspend judgment – to think before acting


A passion to work for reasons that go beyond money or status
A propensity to pursue goals with energy and persistence


The ability to understand the emotional makeup of other people
Skill in treating people according to their emotional reactions

Proficiency in managing relationships and building networks
An ability to find common ground and build rapport



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