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Emotional Intelligence for Leaders

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What are the implications of emotional intelligence for leaders? Explain your answer using personal examples.

In about 300 words, this solution discusses how leaders lead by example - whether they want to or not, and regardless if they are aware of this dynamic or not. Understanding emotional intelligence is a "must have" for any leader to be successful. The solution provides examples of poor "EI" and how employees perceive that in a leader.

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Whether leaders realize it or not; they often lead by example. Emotional intelligence is vital in modeling the behavior expected of others. In the context of a professional work environment, if a manager has a bad temperament and responds to people by yelling expletives, subordinates may view this as acceptable since their leader interacts in this manner. Coworkers may begin modeling this behavior and interacting with each other in the same manner.
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How well a leader understands their emotions, and those of others, is imperative to being perceived as intelligent in a leadership role. Emotional intelligence is vital in being successful as a leader. This solution explains the implications of possessing "EI" with practical work examples and contains about 300 words.