emotionally intelligent leaders

Emotionally Intelligent Leaders

This section is about Emotionally Intelligent Leaders and what I believe makes a good leader.

In October 2020, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Dr Vanessa Muirhead of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). This formed part of a series of Leadership Insights interviews which were recorded for the QMUL MSc/PGDip/PgCert in Dental Public Health, Policy and Leadership Course.

In this section of the interview, I was asked: “What traits do you think make someone a good leader?” Here is an extract from my response.

An inspiring leader is a visionary role model who is able to clearly articulate their vision and influence others to buy into that vision and support it. They are able to motivate and inspire other people and empower them to deliver to high standards.

From a psychological point of view, I think that a good leader demonstrates self-awareness and emotional intelligence. They are able to:

  • Recognise and understand emotions and to express their feelings;
    • understand how others feel and how to relate to them;
    • To manage and control their emotions;
    • To manage change, adapt and solve problems of a personal and interpersonal nature;
    • To generate positive mood and to be self-motivated.

I think that a good leader invests in their ongoing personal and professional development. They actively search for new opportunities, challenges and ways to improve – where others see barriers, they try to find solutions.

If you would like to watch the full interview, it can be viewed at this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa5h-gr7ufJlP0DjgT1lQ5Q The interview is split over three videos. In part one I talk about my leadership journey.  Part two covers the traits which I think make someone a good leader, and in part three I summarise the biggest lessons that I have learned as a leader.

On 10th June 2021 I will be co-hosting an online event – Leadership in Healthcare & Emotional Resilience: Lessons from COVID-19. This event forms part of the MSc/PG Diploma in Dental Public Health, Policy and Leadership course, QMUL (http://qmul.ac.uk/dentpubhealthpl).  A pre-event pack containing recorded presentations and further resources will be provided before the webinar. The event will be opened up to a limited number of external health sector delegates. Please contact Vanessa Muirhead for more information: [email protected]

During my 1-2-1 Executive Leadership Coaching Programme for health sector professionals, one of the six key areas we focus on is your leadership style. Aiming to be an inspiring leader with executive presence? We’ll reflect on your current style and strengths, then create a development plan to help you become the leader you want to be. To find out more contact me to book a discovery call.

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