Leadership Analysis

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What Makes a Leader?
Daniel Goleman

In this landmark article, Daniel Goleman, the premier expert in the emotional intelligence
movement, author of Emotional Intelligence (Bantam, 1995) and Working With Emotional
Intelligence (Bantam, 1998) and co-chairman of the Consortium for Research on Emotional
Intelligence in Organizations, based at Rutgers UniversityAs Graduate School of Applied
Psychology, describes why emotional intelligence is the crucial component of leadership,
and how it shows itself at work. The author also describes how emotional intelligence can
be enhanced by a distinctly different approach to human resource training. Superb leaders
have very different ways of directing a team, a division, or a company. Some are subdued
and analytical; others are charismatic and go with their gut. And different situations
call for different types of leadership. Most mergers need a sensitive negotiator at the
helm, whereas many turnarounds require a more forceful kind of authority. The author has
found, however, that effective leaders are alike in one crucial way: they all have a high
degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence. In fact, GolemanAs research
at nearly 200 large, global companies revealed that emotional intelligence--especially at
the highest levels of a company--is the sine qua non for leadership. Without it, a person
can have first-class training, an incisive mind, and an endless supply of good ideas, but
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