You need to be emotionally intelligent. Who would have thought? It’s the most important requirement for a great leader. Unfortunately, it’s been overlooked.
So what counts as emotional intelligence? Apart from social skills and knowing how to network, it’s self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, and empathy for others. It’s really knowing how people are and what they feel, and being able to guide them to your goal.
According to Entrepreneur, emotional intelligence allows a leader to focus his energy in one direction and succeed. It’s the foundation of how you communicate with your colleagues and subordinates, how you present yourself to others, how you manage your anger and your time, and how you work with your team. Literally every decision you make depends on how well you understand the situation and the people around you.
So if you want to make it to the top and have the respect of your co-workers, don’t spend most of your time and efforts trying to be smarter or more analytical. Work on being emotionally intelligent instead. Take time to know your strengths and weaknesses, then try to manage yourself after that. Try to look calm even when you’re panicking or stressed deep inside, so people can find reassurance from you. Be curious and get to know other people more, so they’ll feel at ease with you. Your emotional intelligence will set you apart!
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