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Emotional Intelligence Is Key to Successful Leadership
Most of us would think that emotional intelligence may not have to do much with a company's bottom line, but when you have a great leadership team who possess and utilize effective emotional intelligence, your organization as a whole will greatly benefit.

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Leaderships skills related to EQ

  • Working to inspire and motivate those around;
  • Focus on collaboration between team members, which creates synergy and a better experience for employees;
  • “Walking the talk,” or a...

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Respond instead of reacting

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Utilize active listening skills

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