EQ Leadership

Leaders who practice EQ behaviors are leading with EQ. If they also practice EQ principles, then they are engaging in EQ leadership.

The essential EQ leadership principles are the following:

  1. The leader commits to co-creating an organization in which individuals can be and do their best to achieve shared goals.

  2. The leader encourages people to create and articulate a shared vision and mission that is inspiring.

  3. The leader shares authority and accountability with others.

  4. The leader encourages people to work interdependently to achieve a shared goal.

  5. The leader co-creates a climate in which people respect each other, believe in their own self-worth, and value authenticity.

  6. The leader co-creates mechanisms so that meaningful and whole-hearted participation can happen.

  7. The leader exercises his/her personal power (rather than positional power) ensuring that the best decisions are made yet refusing to be treated as or to regard him/herself as a heroic leader. As the organization matures, members view themselves as leaders.

The foundation of this leadership model is the high EQ person:

  1. The EQ person knows him/herself.

  2. The EQ person is true to his/her whole self.

  3. The EQ person is authentic by being transparent and congruent.

  4. The EQ person uses his/her special talents as a source of personal power.

  5. The EQ person uses his/her mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual energy to be and do their best.

  6. The EQ person has a high level of the following EQ competencies which he/she is continuously striving to improve:
    • Self-awareness: Recognizing the causes and effects of your own feelings and reactions.

    • Managing emotions: Understanding your emotions and using that understanding to your and other's benefit.

    • Optimism: Recognizing that you have choice, energy and power over your own life. Optimism includes initiative and long-term thinking.

    • Social Awareness: This includes not only empathy (sensing other people's feelings and perspectives) and compassion, but social discernment -- the ability to recognize differences and obstacles between people.

    • Social Skills -- This includes communication (attentive listening, speaking for self), collaboration (engaging in dialogue, holding conflict) and team-building.

    • Commitment to a Noble Goal: Commitment to service that benefits others and the world at large.

Source: Todd Everett, Six Seconds EQ Network