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Lessons for Leaders Building Emotional Intelligence: A Different Leadership Skill J I M PATE R SO N T oday, discussion of leadership increasingly contains talk about a personal attribute most of us wouldn't have even heard of 10 years ago: emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is a skill, experts believe, that can be most easily learned at a young age. In one of author Ken Blanchard's recent research projects, more than 2,000 leaders said they worried about the country's "leadership bench strength"-its capacity to train new leaders. Then, a follow-up report asked leaders what key skills leaders needed. The results cited communications and people management skills first but named empathy and emotional intelligence as other key attributes. Empathy-or the ability to put oneself in another's position and consider that point of view-is a key ingredient in emotional intelligence. It helps leaders understand and improve their work and the work of others. According to Blanchard's report, "Leaders' ability to put others before themselves, empathize, seek to understand, build rapport, and show concern allows them to connect with their direct reports. This skill directly impacts a person's ability to build an environment based on trust, which allows people to flourish and to achieve their full potential." 26 leadership for student activities Emotional Intelligence Emotional intelligence is "the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions in oneself and others" (Cherry, n.d.). Experts often say there are four parts to emotional intelligence: ■ Perceiving Emotions: A person's ability to spot the emotions of others and identify them in him or herself. ■ Understanding Emotions: The emotions we perceive can have a wide variety of meanings. One has to be able to understand, for instance, that their own anger or satisfaction may come from something deeper than it first appears and that emotions perceived in others may not be immediately visible or accurate. ■ Reasoning with Emotions: Finding a way to use emotions to improve thinking and understanding that emotions, for better or worse, often drive our attention and thinking. ■ Managing Emotions: A key part of emotional intelligence. Regulating emotions, responding appropriately to what one feels, and responding to the emotions of others are all important (Cherry, n.d.). In the journal Human Resources, leadership researcher Jennifer George (2000) stated: "Emotional intelligence has

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Leadership for Student Activities - February 2015, NHS & NJHS Edition

Editor’s Note
Questions & Answers
Take Note
From the Director
Pep, Step-by-Step
Maintaining School Spirit in a Digital Age
Building Teams, Building Friendships
Middle Level Activities
Lessons for Leaders
Activities Exchange
Things to Do

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