Is there a lEader In the house?

When will organisations stop promoting people based on their technical skills into leadership roles?  It’s not fair on the person, their team and the organisation as a whole.  Why does leadership seem to be such an elusive set of behaviours to develop?  Companies spend a fortune on leadership training yet each year, leadership appears at the top of the list of learning requirements for most companies.

I think what’s required is a focus on emotional intelligence (EI) before the person is promoted into a leadership position.  As Daniel Goleman notes, EI is composed of self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills.  The main issue with EI is that you cannot attend a learning program and become emotionally intelligent!  You need to put in some hard work around self-reflection and be prepared to travel the long road to EI.

I wonder how different it would be if organisations started to incorporate EI into their leaders role descriptions and then began to hold leaders accountable for meeting these EI elements?  I think that we would see more effective and efficient leaders, teams, individuals and organisations.

How emotionally intelligent are you?

How much time do you spend self reflecting?

Are the majority of people in your organisation emotionally intelligent?


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Damon Klotz
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 13:58:19

    It’s funny how you can talk to nearly any employee out there and they’ll all have one story of a manager that nobody knows how they got promoted into that position.

    Maybe poor placements is a conspiracy theory so the leadership development space can continue to flourish.

    But on a serious note I agree with what you are saying Judy. I think the organisations have to be accountable for their recruitment practices and step back and assess how much of an impact either positive or negative these promotions are having.


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