When you think of a leader, what do you envision? Odds are you picture someone who exemplifies poise, strength, and intelligence, but what about emotional intelligence?
According to American psychologist Daniel Goleman there are 5 key elements that embody emotional intelligence:
- Social skills
True emotional intelligence allows an individual to be empathetic and self aware, which is a true virtue in the workplace, especially when you have your team looking up to your for inspiration and direction.
In order to improve these traits there are specific tools and exercises you can use to better yourself and become a better leader as a result.
- Journal writing
- Breathing exercises
- Practice listening skills
- Read body language
- Avoid conflict
- Praise other’s success
- Remain optimistic
By regularly practicing these tools you will be able to remain calm, level headed, compassionate, and powerful as a leader.