Emotional Intelligence & Leadership

Great leaders are people who know how to handle emotions. It doesn’t matter what they do, it doesn’t matter if they dedicate themselves to plan strategies or take charge of mobilizing the action of a team, since their success depends not so much on what they do, but on how they do it.

If a leader lacks the ability to adequately channel emotions, nothing he does will work properly.

The main attitude

The emotional function of the leader is essential. There can be no doubt that it was his persuasiveness that led the shamans and tribal caciques to assume their role as the first guides of humanity.

The leader is and always has been, the person to whom others turn in search of the necessary clarity to face a threat, overcome a challenge or carry out a certain task. In this sense, the leader is the person who best knows how to channel the emotions of a certain group.

This essentially emotional function, which dissipates the haze of toxic emotions and channels the emotions of the group in a positive direction, is still the main task of a leader in the field of modern organization, at any of its levels, from the room together to the point of sale.

The leader of a group is the person most capable of influencing the emotions of others. When these are oriented in a positive direction, such as enthusiasm, for example, the functioning of the group can reach very high levels. When they lean in the direction of resentment or anxiety, they will lead the group towards their disintegration.

This highlights another essential aspect of leadership: its effect goes beyond the mere fact of carrying out a good job. Because, for better or for worse, the collaborators address the leader in search of emotional contact; that is, empathy.

When leaders channel emotions in a positive direction, they mobilize the best in people and cause an effect we call “resonance“. When on the contrary, they do it in a negative direction, they generate a dissonance that undermines the emotional foundations on which all possible development is based.

The skill of the leaders in this “main” emotional dimension is, therefore, what determines, to a large extent, whether an organization flourishes or, on the contrary, wilts.

The key of the “main” leadership is based on the competences of the “emotional intelligence” that the leaders possess; that is, in the way they manage the relationship with themselves and with others. Thus, leaders who maximize the benefits of “primal” leadership are those who know how to positively channel the emotions of their teams.


This post was originally posted on the ‘Retos Femeninos’ blog  ___________________________________________________

Sylvia is a multi-award-winning communicator, publicist, lecturer and spokesperson for women’s rights in different national and international forums. As an entrepreneur, she is the founder of the strategy of comprehensive communication for Women’s Challenges, focused on the personal and professional growth of thousands of women, and on the Enough of violence against women initiative, among others. From 2007 to date, she presents the “International Women’s Day” event at the CDMX, Monterrey and Guadalajara and from 2018, every year, in a different city, to cover the Mexican Republic. She is an ambassador for Vital Voices for her work promoting women’s rights.

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