Over the last decade there has been a huge increase in evidence that emotional intelligence is an important factor in leadership. Numerous studies have shown a positive relationship between emotional intelligent leadership and employee satisfaction, retention and performance. While emotional intelligence has made enormous progress in being accepted by organizations, there is still a ways to go. Many corporate leaders still see it as a “Soft Skill” of lesser importance than highly valued technical skills and business acumen. However research has shown that the opposite is true. Emotional Intelligence has been shown to increase creativity and the awareness of how to more effectively use and leverage technical skills. Instead of being relegated to a secondary skill level, emotional intelligence is increasingly being recognized at all levels as being of primary importance. As organizations become more aware of this they are looking for ways to recruit and promote from within people that are strong in emotional intelligence.
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Human behaviorists have been doing some fascinating research into the power of Emotional Intelligence as well as the importance of Body Language. Being cognizant of these ‘soft skills’ and how they impact leadership skills can make a tremendous impact. Harvey Deutschendorf is an emotional intelligence expert, internationally published author and speaker. Curious what your own EI is? To take the EI Quiz go to theotherkindofsmart.com.