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5 Components of Emotional Intelligence for Leadership

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Emotional intelligence is one quality that most effective leaders have in common, according to an article from Harvard Business Review. Here are five components of emotional intelligence and how to recognize them.

1. Self-awareness — The ability to identify and understand you own moods and their effect on others. Hallmarks include self-confidence, realistic self-assessment and a self-deprecating sense of humor.

2. Self-regulation — The ability to control impulses and think before acting. Hallmarks include trustworthiness, integrity, comfort with ambiguity and being open to change.

3. Motivation — A passion for pursuing goals beyond status or material gains. Hallmarks include drive for achievement, optimism and organizational commitment.

4. Empathy — The ability to understand others' emotions and respond appropriately. Hallmarks include expertise in building and retaining talent, customer service abilities and cross-cultural sensitivity.

5. Social skill — Ability to make and manage relationships, build networks and find common ground. Hallmarks include being an effective change leader, persuasiveness and teambuilding and leadership expertise.

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