For many decades, it has been the view of the majority of people in senior leadership positions that individuals should be appointed or even promoted mainly based on their knowledge and general intelligence. This clearly suggests that "mental capacity" or cognitive ability has been more highly valued when it comes to considering individuals for a leadership position or promotion. However, things are changing. In the last 20 years, another factor has been increasingly showing up in the mix – not so much mental intelligence but emotional intelligence (EI). So, what do we mean by emotional intelligence which is the same thing as emotional quotient (EQ)? Although it continues to evolve, Wikipedia's definition is "the capacity of individuals to recognize their own, and other people's emotions, to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and to manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt environments or achieve one's goal(s)."
It's against this backdrop that I have clearly proposed and elucidated upon what I call the "Heart (EQ) x Mind (IQ) Leadership Philosophy" in my new book, Future Now. In the quick-read, I touched briefly on the essence of the heart (EQ) in the mix and its relationship to the context of power, governance and leadership.
A leader with low emotional intelligence (EI) or emotional quotient (EQ) can negatively impact his group, organization, country, his constituents or those he leads - which ultimately explains the poor morale, unsustainable productivity, unprecedented socio-economic inequalities, stunted growth and civil unrest as seen in most countries across the African continent today. But how do we go about resolving this deficiency?
67% of all competencies that are determined as being absolutely essential for high performance are related to emotional intelligence (EQ). Studies show that leaders who have higher levels of emotional intelligence are also more likely to be efficient, trustworthy and profitable. This is certainly the case for some of the world’s best known CEOs, Politicians, and Government Leaders. To be continued in November 2016.
With the Usual Esteem & Appreciation,
Christian Aligba is the Founder/President of C.A.L.F Africa, a non-profit organization that's keenly developing and recognizing the next generation of African leaders - helping to create a new narrative, a new normal, a new beginning. Better Leaders, Better Societies across Africa. Learn more@ www.calfafrica.org
“Emotional health is more important than a fit body. Unknowingly most of us focus on the latter hence the lack of inner-happiness, peace, love and fulfillment.” ― Maddy Malhotra, How to Build Self-Esteem and Be Confident: Overcome Fears, Break Habits, Be Successful and Happy
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