Η συναισθηματική νοημοσύνη ως παράγοντας επιτυχίας ενός ηγέτη
Emotional intelligence as a key leadership skill
KeywordsΗγεσία ; Απόδοση εργαζομένων ; Αποτελεσματικός ηγέτης ; Επικοινωνία ; Συναισθηματική νοημοσύνη ; Leadership ; Performance ; Effective leader ; Communication ; Emotional intelligence
Emotional Intelligence has become increasingly popular as a measure for identifying potentially effective leaders, and as a tool for developing effective leadership skills. There is little empirical research that substantiates the efficacy of emotional intelligence in these areas. A remarkable amount of time, effort, and money has been devoted to the study of leadership. Despite all this research, there is little agreement about exactly what leadership is. Still, people know effective leadership when they see it. And while great leaders may sometimes be born that way, there are certain traits that great leaders share in common that anyone can practice and adopt to become more effective. Leadership competencies depend on many factors such as emotional intelligence, integrity, self- control, selfconfidence, intelligence, and knowledge of the selective discipline. The aim of the present paper is to explore the relationship between emotional intelligence and effective leadership. This paper suggests that feelings play a central role in the leadership process. More specifically, it is ascertained that emotional intelligence, the ability to understand and manage moods and emotions in the self and others, contributes to effective leadership in organizations. The result indicates that the relationship between leadership style and Emotional Intelligence is positive and significant, case that is confirmed by the two case studies in the end of this study.