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:
- The leader commits to co-creating an organization in which individuals can be and do their best to achieve shared goals.
- The leader encourages people to create and articulate a shared vision and mission that is inspiring.
- The leader shares authority and accountability with others.
- The leader encourages people to work interdependently to achieve a shared goal.
- The leader co-creates a climate in which people respect each other, believe in their own self-worth, and value authenticity.
- The leader co-creates mechanisms so that meaningful and whole-hearted participation can happen.
- 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:
- The EQ person knows him/herself.
- The EQ person is true to his/her whole self.
- The EQ person is authentic by being transparent and congruent.
- The EQ person uses his/her special talents as a source of personal power.
- The EQ person uses his/her mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual energy to be and do their best.
- 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.