Thinking as a Leader

A Lesson on Emotional Intelligence

To gain a thorough understanding of what Emotional Intelligence “is”, and “is not”, one must hold to the idea that the truth is the guiding light from which every conclusion must be drawn from in order for it to be true. This is not to say that emotions are to be disregarded; however, emotions are never the deciding factor when it comes to decisions. This is especially true when a decision involves emotions. Emotional Intelligence is the thing which separates good leaders from great leaders.

It separates mildly successful persons from highly successful people. It separates the person who can find and make peace with others and those who can only create turmoil. It is the thing which allows one to keep the job in which they have obtained instead of leaving it. Overall, Emotional Intelligence is on the decline. Today it is often better to become or remain mediocre than to become highly successful. The thought pattern of today is because in doing so one might offend someone along the way. So, instead the person who is doing absolutely nothing is viewed as being good.

These are indeed troubling times when the truth is not the ruling order of the day. Leadership and leadership principles debunk this theory along with the notion that others actually determine one’s success rate. The truth is “we are what we do most often”. One who studies leaders and leadership principles will grasp this perception of emotional intelligence. They will not make excuses for shortcomings, or a lack of opportunities. They will instead view undesirable situations as a golden occasion to succeed where others have failed. Perhaps the only question which remains is where are you in the Emotional Intelligence spectrum?

Legacy of Organization – A leader always leaves a legacy which will either impact the
organization positively or negatively. If the leader’s impact is not felt, then that would be a negative impact because as a leader one of the things one must do is influence others to accomplish the mission or a set goal.

To not have any movement in the goals or objectives of the organization means the leader was not very effective and therefore was not good for the overall organization. Leaders who think as leaders will always know that they are shaping the future of he organization today. This thought and thoughts like it will help determine the decisions they make each day. This is the mindset of a true trusted leader. The leader must establish what they want their legacy to be in relationship to the organization, then take steps, through planning to ensure that they do everything in their power to accomplish said goals.

A leader who is in place and merely go from one crisis to the next is not leaving a leadership legacy. Instead they are trending towards allowing the situation to rule over them. This is their operational tempo which speaks of the crisis ruling instead of the leader. This is no legacy at all.

Published by Leading The Leaders, LLC

Here at Leading The Leaders, we believe that the best way to guide an individual or a group is via perpetual development. This is different from just seeking training. We believe that training is good, but development speaks to creating a better leader while training often supports the needs of the organization making the organization better through its people.

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