Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Who's the better leader? Spock or the Captain?

There is a reason Kirk was the Captain and not Spock. It's a question of
Emotional Intelligence. We're not talking about IQ (Intelligence Quotient).
We're talking about something that might be even more important to your
career success in business or as Captain of the Enterprise - the Emotional
Quotient (EQ).

EQ is a measurement of a person's emotional intelligence - the ability to
engage and connect with others, work collaboratively, build teams, respond
positively to change and successfully assume leadership roles. In fact,
research indicates that a high EQ (James T. Kirk) is a better indicator of
your ability to succeed in management than a high IQ (Mr. Spock).

Trademarks of dynamic and successful business managers (and Starfleet
captains for that matter) mirror those who are members of the high EQ club.
Managers and superior EQs are highly motivated and can combine individual
and group priorities towards a common goal. The Captain Kirks of the
business world welcome challenges and change -- and then excel at navigating
their organizations and teams through the chaos.

So, how can you become Captain of your own Starship Enterprise? More agile?
An instrument of change and adaptation in your organization? USC Marshall
Professor James J. Owens has emphasized 5 elements of Emotional Intelligence
to increase your skill set and strengthen your core competencies:
* Self-Awareness: Being able to read emotions and recognize their
impact on actions
* Self-Regulation: self-control, able to adapt to changing
circumstances
* Motivation: develop others and act as a catalyst for change
* Social Awareness: ability to sense, understand, and leverage others'
emotions
* Social Skill: ability to inspire and influence while managing
conflict

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