One of the five elements of emotional intelligence is self-awareness. Explain why emotional intelligence
is crucial for effective leadership. Discuss what behaviors someone with a high degree of self-awareness
would demonstrate within the context of leading and managing groups. Provide an example.
Emotional intelligence (EI) allows leaders the ability to manage relation and communication differences
or conflict among staff in a workplace environment. EI is a learned and sometimes naturally gifted skill,
allowing one the ability to interpret people’s emotions based on expressions in addition to self-
perception. This EI skill is crucial in leadership, it allows leaders to interpret staff based on emotional
expression and also assist leaders with providing a therapeutic response. Some one with a high degree of
self-awareness would present with a sense of calm, confident, slow to speak, motivated, and
empathetic. Leaders with EI are self-regulating meaning that they are aware of their own emotions and
are able to manage and regulate their emotions based on the situation at hand, leaders who possess the
EI also are slow to speak, they sense and consider the emotions of others thus incorporating
others into the decision making process, this allows a leader to gain respect and properly manage staff
(Whitney, 2018). Unfortunately, in my opinion there are too few who use this skill in a leadership role.