Emotional Intelligence Leadership Competencies, Part 1: Self-Awareness

Great leaders move us to greatness. They ignite our passion and inspire the best in us. When we try to explain why they are so effective, we generally speak of strategy, vision, powerful ideas, and execution. The reality is much more around emotional intelligence skills. Great leadership works through the emotions.

No matter what leaders set out to do, whether it’s creating strategy or mobilizing teams to action, if leaders fail the task of driving emotions in the right direction, nothing they do will ultimately succeed or last.

Over the next four weeks, we will dive into the core-four leadership competencies:
1. Self awareness
2. Self management
3. Social awareness
4. Relationship management

Let’s start with Self Awareness…

  • Emotional self-awareness: Leaders high in emotional self-awareness are attuned to their inner signals, recognizing how their feelings and emotions affect their job performance, and how they influence others. They know with emotional influence there is never a net-zero. It’s either a positive or negative exchange with others. These leaders are attuned to how centered they are with their guiding values. Emotionally self-aware leaders display open communication and are avid listeners.
  • Accurate self-assessment: Leaders with high self-awareness typically know their limitations and strengths, and exhibit a sense of humor about themselves. They are life-long learners and know there are improvements to be made in their leadership. These leaders know leadership is a journey, not a destination.
  • Self-confidence is knowing your abilities can bring out the best in others. Leaders who are self-confident come from centered-values and often have a sense of presence, based on a serving attitude.
Assess how you would rate yourself on a scale of one to five:
(1 = low and 5 = high)
  • Emotional self-awareness:
  • Accurate self-assessment:
  • Self-confidence:
**Select one area to improve over the next 30-days. Emotional intelligence can be increased for stronger leadership influence, impact, and inspiration. 

Stay tuned part 2 next week as we dive into self-management!


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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.