Learn about ways to be an inspirational leader.
- The final component of emotional intelligence is being an inspirational leader. Now, this can sound intimidating, because people often think of outgoing and engaging personalities who can take the stage and wow everyone. But don't confuse leadership with charisma. Quiet people can inspire, and humble people can be amazing leaders. In fact, Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great, found that most successful companies are led by unassuming but fiercely passionate leaders. And passion is what it's all about.
Passion is at the core of being an inspiring leader. When you have a purpose that you care deeply about, others feel your authenticity and are inspired by your commitment. You can translate your passion into leadership by how you get others on board. Ultimately, you have to be able to share your passion and vision with others. This doesn't have to be grand and showy, but it does need to be clear and compelling. Take time to craft your message. Learn how to articulate your vision, because this is how you'll gain enthusiasm and support from others.
Get clear about your goal and the difference you want to make. Think about how your vision relates to the feelings, needs, and concerns of others. Find ways to connect to their experiences and emotions. Don't assume that others see how meaningful your vision is. Help them see it and show them what's possible. Once you're clear about your vision and you can articulate it easily, get going on sharing it with the world. Work it into conversations. Give presentations on it and write about it.
Now, a natural part of this process is that some people will fall away because they don't share your values or vision. That's okay. You know, sometimes we hold back on sharing our vision because we're worried that not everyone's going to like it. Well, you can bet on that. Not everyone will like it. If you can embrace that, then you won't be stuck in paralysis and you can get busy attracting the folks who get what you're talkin' about. Another aspect of inspirational leadership is walking your talk. If you want to convince others that your vision has merit, you must be willing to live it yourself wholeheartedly.
Even if folks don't agree with your idea, you will still inspire them. Finally, don't wait until you have an official or formal leadership role. Leadership is really a practice, not a position. Anyone can lead, and often the best leaders are not the ones with the titles. If you lead from your values and your passion, you will make an impact. If you want to learn more, I highly recommend the book The Leadership Challenge by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. It's my favorite model of leadership, and it focuses on five practices that are actually emotional intelligence in action.
Check it out. In the exercise files I've included a handout to help you articulate your passion and vision. Use it to help craft your message. Remember, the world needs what you have to contribute.
- Analyze the brain science behind emotional intelligence.
- Identify and assess your emotions.
- Determine how to exercise emotional self-control.
- Identify your triggers and how to respond the them.
- Assess how others respond at work.
- Determine how to maximize team performance using emotional intelligence.
- Discover how to catalyze change.