True leaders harness these 5 components of emotional intelligence

What makes a leader, a leader?

Ask ten different people and you’ll get ten different answers. Here’s one list of potent leadership traits I borrowed from Harvard Business Review that makes a lot of sense to me. It lists five emotional intelligence traits effective leaders must possess.

1. Self-awareness — which can look like self-confidence, to a degree, but includes a realistic self-assessment and, often, a self-deprecating sense of humor

2. Self-regulation — the ability to control disruptive impulses and moods

3. Motivation — a passion for one’s work that goes beyond seeking money or status

4. Empathy — being able to tap into understanding the emotions and experiences of people you work with

5. Social skills — the ability to manage relationships and build networks

As a recruiter for 23 years, I’ve seen a lot of people rise in the ranks of leadership, and I can testify that these qualities are certainly inherent in anyone who successfully leads.

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