The Emotional Intelligence Playlist

In Leadership

By Maura Fay Learning

There’s quite a buzz around the office at MFL about Emotional Intelligence and Leadership; not surprising considering our upcoming breakfast debates kick off next week. Here Senior Design Consultant Nina Mostafa shares her favourite links that she’s been watching and reading. Some old, some new, all thought-provoking. Hopefully they might get you musing on the topic in the lead up to the debate, and even submitting a question to be asked on the day (see the link at the end of the blog to submit).

HBR Article: Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance by Daniel Goleman et al.

Research has shown an incontrovertible link between an executive’s emotional maturity, exemplified by such capabilities as self-awareness and empathy, and his or her financial performance. This, in turn, drives the team’s motivation and therefore, performance. This article looks at how a leader’s emotional style creates a certain culture or work environment and how that leader’s emotional intelligence can motivate or demotivate to drive profit or loss.

HBR Article: The Human Moment at Work by Edward Hallowell

This article explores how much we have come to rely on technology, but in doing so, have lost touch in how to have human moments. This can impact our courage to have the face-to-face conversation, and to recognise the value of doing so. This article will encourage you to ask yourself: Do you share enough human moments? It will make you more aware of the need to never underestimate the power of a face-to-face conversation.

TED Talk: Brené Brown on Vulnerability

It’s increasingly evident that human connection is taking a back seat to technological connection. In this TED Talk, Brené Brown gives insight into how vulnerability makes us courageous to have those meaningful human connections, which can then help us become better leaders to motivate, inspire and influence those we lead.

TED Talk: Why good leaders make you feel safe

Trust is more than simply a feeling; it is a way of life. Leaders who proactively work with to build trust and cooperation will make those they lead feel safe. When people feel safe, remarkable things happen, as Simon Sinek articulates in this inspiring TED Talk. Article: 5 aspects of emotional intelligence required for effective leadership

Emotional intelligence is about connecting to core emotions, accepting them, and being aware of how they affect your decisions and actions. A leader lacking in emotional intelligence is not able to effectively gauge the needs, wants, and expectations of those they lead. Good leaders must be self-aware and understand how their verbal and non-verbal communication can affect the team. This article looks at five important emotional intelligent aspects for effective leadership.

Fast Company Article: Why emotionally intelligent people are more successful

Research shows that people with strong emotional intelligence are more likely to succeed than those with just high IQs or relevant experience. In fact, people would rather do business with a person they like and trust rather than someone they don’t, even if that person is offering a better product at a lower price. This article looks at why.

This blog is an excerpt from our latest eBook, ‘The Emotional Intelligence Playbook’, which can be downloaded by clicking the link below.

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