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Common sense- Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

Common Sense -Emotional Intelligence-Effective Leadership

The more experiences I have, the more people I meet, and the more places I travel, I'm always reminded that common sense in life is probably the number one attribute to success. People that demonstrate it, are successful!

 I grew up with simple values of integrity, character, kindness, hard work and when in doubt use, The Golden Rule.

Over the years there's been much written about Emotional Intelligence. Daniel Goleman is probably the foremost expert on the subject. While traveling recently, I was reading his excerpt from the Harvard Business Review.

 EI is more important to success than just mastering the technical know how! EI is nothing more than common sense used in a focused direction. I have always lived my life with common sense as the driver.

 The boiled down highlights or five basic principles of Emotionally Leadership are as follows:

1.   Self awareness -Knowing one’s strengths, weaknesses, drives, values, and impact on others. (Common sense - Do what your good at- delegate what you are not).

2.    Self regulation- Controlling or redirecting disruptive impulses and moods. (Common sense-No negative self talk- you are what you think! Thoughts lead to feelings, feelings lead to action and action leads to results). TFAR.

3.    Motivation-Relishing achievement for it’s own sake. (Common sense- If you know your why, the how is easy).

4.    Empathy -Understanding other peoples emotional make up. (Common sense- what motivates them?).

5.    Social Skill- Building rapport with others to get them to move in the desired directions. (Common sense- Knowing their why and know it before you need them).

 We are each born with certain levels of Emotional Intelligence. We can strengthen these abilities through persistence, practice, and feedback from colleagues and coaches.

 If you find yourself not getting the results in life you want- review one or all of these principles to find your gap. Oh That’s #1.

 In the end, it's basically common sense boiled down to do the right thing at the right time for the right reason.


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