Leaders very often get elevated to high positions on the back of proficient technical capacity. However these abilities can be found lacking when you have to lead from the front rather than manage from the rear. Jim Collins in his book, Good to Great, proposes that Level 5 Leaders must have a blend of professional resolve and personal humility; these are more behavioral traits and indicative of how one must interact with people for optimum results. To be CEO you do not need to have a thorough understanding of every discipline in your business; you need possess the ability to inspire and motivate the people who do. This manifests itself and can now be measured in terms of effective employee engagement.
Research conducted by Genos International, the global leaders in Emotional Intelligence (EI), has shown a direct correlation between a leader’s ability to engage employees effectively and their own level of EI. Often viewed as the “soft” side of leadership, this misnomer does little justice to its importance and ultimately the opportunity that exits for organizations to allow their future leaders reach their full potential.
Emotional Intelligence has allowed us to put a name and simplicity to that skill set that is not yet taught in schools, colleges or business programs. By understanding the role of emotions in how leaders conduct themselves, you can avoid the pretense that they are not relevant in the workplace and use this knowledge to your advantage. Consequently by fully leveraging the understanding of this key leadership trait, productive employee engagement expands and business success becomes more inevitable.