The Emotions of Leaders

Best in Class: Are Top Scores the Way to Win?
I reflect on lessons spoken by professors, as a smile adorns my face. With confidence I listen and keep a steady pace. Onward toward the mark, learning
everything I can. When the courses are completed, my time to lead can now begin. How well can I manage? On what does it depend? Research says I need to shine from a place far within.
I may not have to be a star, for the others to follow through. I could just boss, at minimum cost to share my point of view. Up and down ladders, ideas freely flow. No traditional blocks; almost anything goes. The jury is still out; a few results have made it in. Opinions have decided what it takes to achieve a win. One claim is thought, but it is compared to emotion. The highest score is not only a number, but has values worth promotion.
Internal Leadership
A good leader has to take charge of their emotions in addition to demonstrated academic achievement. Daniel Goleman’s, “The Emotional Intelligence of Leaders”, demonstrates an act of kindness as a step in the right direction (Goleman, 1998) His “anatomy” illustration is synonymous with a race to the top (Goleman, 1998). Goleman’s discussion of the brain reveals the strengths and conditions possessed by those who finish as winners.
There are specific thought patterns and feelings which provide an edge for accomplishment. Goleman presents five functions of “emotional intelligence” as guidelines to lead people (Goleman, 1998). They require leaders to align with reality, remain balanced, defeat negativity, read between the lines and stay in touch.
Inside Out
A proven leader answers questions from the core of their being. Goleman believes this is self awareness (Goleman, 1998). Those who lead in a humble manner will not proceed with actions until their inner self has spoken and been understood. Resisting the temptation to react quickly will limit frustration, apprehension, and grief. This translates to emotion management...