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Inspirational Leadership – a Key Emotional Intelligence Competency

“The most effective leaders make people feel that they want to show up every day and give it their best shot.  They make people feel good about who they are and the work they are doing.  They inspire the best out of people.”

–  Stewart D. Friedman in Total Leadership:  Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life, Harvard Business Press, 2008

Inspirational leadership – one of they key competencies in emotional intelligence – is all about encouraging extraordinary performance and greatness.

In a recent survey of more than 1500 managers, people were asked what they wanted most in their leaders.  The most popular answer, mentioned by 55 percent of the managers, was “inspiration.”  When asked if their current leader was “inspiring,” only 11 percent said “yes.”

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