If the term “emotional intelligence” doesn’t mean much to you -- or perhaps is even a new term for you – it’s your lucky day. You’ve just identified a gap it would be good for you to close if you want to be an effective leader.
Personally, I recommend you get and read a copy of Daniel Goleman’s classic, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ.
But before you do, you’ll want to hear from LaRae Quy, an FBI undercover and counterintelligence agent for 24 years, who says that mental toughness is not something you acquire by setting your emotional self aside.
Instead, you’ve got to develop your emotional intelligence. That’s because to survive in adverse situations, you have to know what your values are and you can’t ever let fear govern your decisions.
Learning to survive as an FBI undercover agent may not require the exact same skillset needed to be an effective leader in other walks of life, but we think you’ll be surprised by the similarities. Some things are required of effective leaders no matter where or who they are leading.