Leading with Emotional Intelligence

I was speaking with a good friend (who also happens to be an exceptional leader) recently who said something quite insightful, “Steve, like it or not, I believe leaders manage the mood of their organization.” Think about that statement…

The most gifted leaders accomplish that by employing abilities known as emotional intelligence. They are able to keep a pulse on the mood of their teams. They are self-aware of their emotional transfer. They manage their own emotions under stress while intuitively grasping how others feel and helping re-direct emotions in a more powerful, positive direction.

Here are some of their perspectives:

  • Lead with authentic openness
  • Lead by setting the example of managing your mood
  • Help others redirect emotions when it gets off railed
  • Seek feedback on your personal emotional impact and put personal development plans in place
  • Help others keep perspective and patience.
  • Confront emotional draining members and hold them accountable.
  • Lead by keeping balanced and healthy.
  • Know you are able to prime good feelings and in turn get better results from your team.

Leading by Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay calm under pressure and be the one other choose to follow.
  • Know how your emotions impact the behaviors of your team and clients. Be calm, confident, and consistent.
  • Recognize the ripple effect of your mood. Be intentional and remember positive energy can counter negative feelings.
  • Choose to be the one others choose to follow.

Here’s to Leading with Emotional Intelligence!
– Steve

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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.