to know an individual's predominate leadership style before you promote
them? Want to change your leadership style? Learning how to tie
leadership style to emotional traits or skills is extremely helpful.
As the world was just becoming aware and somewhat comfortable with Emotional Intelligence (EI),
researchers developed several different tools to measure it and learn
more about the skill. That was in the mid 1990's, since that time there
have been a number of tools, some good and some not so good, introduced.
As a result, many are confused and uncertain of the steps necessary to
transform this information into improved results and greater profits.
results continue to "pile-up," establishing the value of EI to the
leadership process and project success. It is universally recognized
that leaders with higher EI skills get better results than those less
skilled in the emotional area. Learning to use these findings to aid
organizations in employee selection and leadership development has been a
organizations are aware of the value of emotional intelligence to a
leader's success, but uncertain about how to apply it. To gain the full
benefit of EI in a leadership role, companies need to better understand
how to best grow EI among leaders.
leadership styles with emotional intelligence strengths makes it easier
for organizations to identify different emotional styles among their
leaders/managers and as a result place them in roles calling for their
strengths. Because emotional intelligence is a skill and learnable,
companies can provide training and support for leaders who need to
modify their leadership style to be more effective.
styles are often determined by the leader's emotional strengths, often
expressed in four or five distinct clusters of emotional strengths: Self-Perception, Self-Expression, Interpersonal, Decision Making and Stress Management.
5 clusters reflect five different leadership styles and much is gained
by naming them in more commonly used terms, i.e.: The Star, The Coach,
The Social Worker, The Engineer, and The Physician. This makes it easier
for everyone to comprehend the differences. The necessary skills among
the 5 clusters are the same but the names have changed.
A "Star" styled leader, for instance, is likely to call upon his/her self-awareness and self- confidence to lead. A "Physician" style leader is likely to leverage their ability to manage stress and "role with the punches" to manage. A "Coach" styled leader is often engaged in making sure their subordinates understand the rules and can strategize for victory. The "Social Worker"
styled leader is always focused on others and attempts to achieve goals
through others by better understanding them. Finally, the "Engineer" is all about tasks and problem solving as well as creating realistic objectives.
of these leadership styles is shaped by their understanding and natural
abilities. However, determining the style most needed for the task and
finding a leader with the necessary style, has just become a lot easier.
organizations can scientifically identify the leadership style that
matches the needs of the job. For example, what kind of task would
likely require a "Star" type leader?
that require "Star" type leaders are those jobs that have ambitious
objectives, requiring a positive attitude, and the ability to motivate
others. What type of leader could best head-up a large public project,
for instance? The "Social Worker" leader might be a good fit here since
he/she is likely highly skilled at connecting with people and sensitive
to the needs of others.
how results can be improved by matching Emotional Leadership Styles
with the needs of the job, can significantly improve your bottom line
Adapted by Sorrell Associates, LLC with permission by author Stephen J.
Blakesley, GMS Talent L P. All rights reserved worldwide. Copyright