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Harnessing the Power of Emotional Intelligence as a Leadership Skill

Find out why EQ matters as a leadership competency

When considering what makes a great leader, we often hear many qualities bandied about like decisiveness, charisma, integrity, strategic thinker, and skilled communicator. Objectively, abilities like these are typically classified as technical or hard skills. They’re highly valued and easily measured. Leaders either have them or they don’t.

In a 2014 TED Talk, Amy Edmondson, the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business Review, discussed the need to create psychological safety in the workplace, and since that time the need has only increased. This talk touched on what many HR professionals have known for some time—emotional intelligence matters as a leadership competency.

What we’ve learned through the ongoing global pandemic and modern civil rights movement is that leaders must excel beyond just technical skills. In fact, in the last 18 months, the most successful leaders have recognized the importance of authentic engagement and harnessed its power when relating to their staff, membership and additional stakeholders.

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