Why we love emotionally intelligent leaders

People tend to gravitate to leaders who exhibit emotional intelligence, even if it’s difficult to explain why exactly. Clare Haynes, a speaker, coach, and the founder of the UK firm Wildfire, explains the skills that emotionally intelligent leaders possess and how those skills can inspire employees.

What you’ll learn from this episode:

  • An explanation of what it means to be emotionally intelligent.
  • Some of the traits exhibited by emotionally intelligent leaders.
  • How genuine listening can bring out the best in your employees.
  • Why professionalism is sometimes linked to being rigid or “starchy”.

Play the episode below:

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