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Emotional Intelligence and Strategic Leadership.

Define Emotional Intelligence.
What are the key elements of Emotional Intelligence?
Why is Emotional Intelligence so important to successful strategic leadership?

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1.) Define Emotional Intelligence.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize, understand, manage and use emotions affectively. Daniel Goleman's (1998) model of emotional intelligence was popularized by his book "Working With Emotional Intelligence." Goleman's (1998) paradigm bases emotional intelligence on five elements of emotional intelligence and twenty-five related emotional competencies. These key elements of Goleman's (1998) theory are covered below in your second question.

There are other theories of emotional intelligence, including the theories proposed by Mayer and Salovey and Bar-On. Most of the theories have common themes, including that emotional intelligence involves the ability to recognize and manipulate emotions in oneself, as well as, in other individuals. Unlike IQ, Goleman (1998) contends that emotional intelligence can be learned and it grows as individuals' mature. Emotional intelligence is ground in the ability to manage relationships and emotions well. No longer is it expected that manager, leaders, and employees at all levels of the organization will approach working without emotions. This is not realistic. Individuals do not rationally leave their emotions and emotional responses at the home when they work. Frustrations, resentment, anger, and countless other emotions affect work performance. Emotionally intelligent leaders are able to recognize this and use their skills to effectively manage and use emotions in the workplace.

2.) What are the key elements of Emotional Intelligence?

Goleman's (1998) five elements include empathy, adroitness in handling relationships, motivation, self-regulation, and self-awareness. The twenty-five emotional competencies are strongly associated with one of the five emotional intelligence ...

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This solution offers a discussion of emotional intelligence and strategic leadership. It discusses the various elements associated with emotional intelligence.