Strengthening Emotional Intelligence to Build Strong Leaders

Enhancing Leadership Development

Dr. David Rock in 2006 coined the term "Neuroleadership" and explores four key areas of neuroscience that can enhance performance: problem solving and decision making, emotional self-regulation, working well with others and facilitating change.

Dr. Jenny Brockis posits "While the topic of what constitutes good and effective leadership continues to be debated, what cannot be ignored is the potential role neuroscience has to offer in enhancing leadership development based on the physiology of the brain." 

Understanding the latest research in brain science echoes the importance of soft skills that are the backbone of all business relationships. Brockis explains "technical expertise, experience and results focus are highly valued skillsets. However, being strong in analytical skills doesn't necessarily translate into also being good with people. The question is can you have both? While research has shown this to remain a rare commodity, exceptional leaders have the capacity to alternate rapidly between analytical thought and social skills." The good news is both social and emotional intelligence are skillsets that can be learned and strengthened. 

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Quantifiable Traits of Great Leaders

High potential leaders have long been are identified and promoted into senior (manager of people) positions due to their proven performance as individual contributors. Their performance has bee measured and when achieved is easily quantifiable. Now the trend is moving towards recognizing other capabilities as highly regarded - if not essential - to hiring, or promoting, a great leader for an organization.

Dr. Daniel Goleman posits "Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is just as important if not more important that a person's Intellectual Quotient (IQ)." 

Today, strong leadership must have strong EQ to create meaningful and sustainable leadership to engage, motivate and increase collaboration and productivity as well as in doing so achieve organizational business results.