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This week I’ve been reflecting on research findings by Daniel Goleman that the most effective leaders are alike in one crucial way: they all have a high degree of Emotional Intelligence.

He describes 5 key skills of EQ that enable the best leaders to maximise their own and others’ performance:

  • Self Awareness
  • Self Regulation
  • Motivation
  • Empathy
  • Social Skills

Motivation is an interesting one.

Tell me what you think about this…

Motivation as a leadership trait can be defined as being driven to achieve beyond expectations – their own and others’. They have an internal desire to achieve for the sake of achievement. They’re not motivated by external factors like money and a title.

Signs of such Internal Motivation include:

  • A passion for the work itself
  • Seeking out creative challenges
  • You love to learn
  • Unflagging energy to do things better
  • A curiosity to explore new approaches
  • There is pride in a job well done

Such leaders will measure and track progress – the achievements and progress of themselves, their team, their organisation.

Importantly, they also exhibit persistence, optimism (even in the face of failure) and organisational commitment.

Combined with self-awareness and self-regulation, such motivation makes an outstanding leader others will want to work with and follow.

Do you agree?

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