Being successful in a leadership role requires more than just knowledge and technical skills, there is an emotional element required as well. That emotion will ensure leaders are successful in managing teams, dealing with stress, appropriately giving feedback, and working well in collaboration with others. The name for this emotional skill is emotional intelligence, and it is the main thing that sets leaders with high performance apart from their peers who have the same amount of knowledge and technical skills. 


Emotional intelligence is a term that has been around for decades, and it is known as the ability for an individual to understand their own emotions well enough to manage them while also being able to understand and influence the emotions of others. Emotional intelligence is very important to those in leadership roles to be effective and it is also the largest indicator of strong performance. 


There are four key components of emotional intelligence including good self-awareness, good self-management, good social awareness, and good relationship management. Self-awareness is at the center of all emotion. It exists when a person is able to understand their strengths and weaknesses while also being able to understand all their emotions and the impact they can have on their own and their team’s performance. A team leader who is lacking self-awareness can improve this quality by listening to feedback, applying self-evaluation, and then making a positive change. 


Self-management describes the way an individual manages their emotions with the ability to stay positive even during stress and setbacks instead of giving into their automatic reactions and impulses. Leaders with self-management know how to curb their initial reaction and take the time to breathe and collect their emotions before responding to adversity and stress. 


A leader with social awareness knows how to recognize others’ emotions with an understanding and empathy that allows them to communicate and work effectively with their team. A leader who has good relationship management knows how to coach, mentor, and influence others while also addressing and resolving conflicts effectively and respectfully. A person with all four of these components will certainly have a high emotional intelligence that allows them to advance effectively and successfully in their career.