no one leadership styleArticle Summary:

A Harvard study asked the question, what makes a good leader? Research showed that emotional intelligence is the most important component of a good leader. The article identifies emotional intelligence as self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill. Performance metrics were examined from multiple leaders in different positions. A look at the data demonstrated importance in “big-picture thinking” and “long term vision” but an even greater importance in emotional intelligence.

This article coincides with IMT’s definition of a good leader. It supports the IMT idea that the understanding of one’s self helps in the understanding of others. By understanding others, you can align them properly leading to overall efficiency and competency.



Comments (7)

  1. Mohammed Altraiki


    This article shows that the good leader can control hem-self and think of other people. Listening to others, and try to communicate with them by controlling the emotions will let the leader to be a great leader. The leader should not act emotionally at the work. He/she should control him/her-self. Especially when the leader will make a decision.

  2. Stephen Phelps


    Consistent with the new leadership model this article shows just how important it is that a leader doesn’t attempt to control nor influence the actions of others but instead to focus on understanding and aligning them properly. Undoubtedly, this will increase the efficiency and transparency of an organization and allow them to maximize their productivity. I agree that emotional intelligence is the single most important factor in having a successful leader. It is interesting to see how when a leader understands more of who they are, they are better enabled to understand and align their followers as well. These two components have a direct correlation with the new leadership model and being able to understand themselves allows them to be better leaders because they better understand their followers.

  3. Hossein Vashani


    This article exactly shows that a good leader should not act emotionally and a person who has dominant information and know natural laws and condition can be emotional intelligent. Self awareness, self regulation, empathy, motivation, and social skills are the features of a type A person who has a high information level and predict the outcome. A person who has social skills have more chance to get dominant information and put himself in a more transparent situation in comparison with a person who does not have these skills.

  4. Teja Reddy


    It is evident that many hidden and true characteristics of man can be seen when he is emotionally or mentally stressed. When a person can control in these extreme conditions, and show good emotional intelligence then he is a good leader. It is so good to read that even study results were related to concepts of IMT.

  5. Rizwan Assainar


    Interesting to know the results of the research coincides with IMT principles. Leaders should not control other people in the system. The requirement of emotional intelligence makes a good leader as Melissa mentioned, Martin Luther king Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and so forth possessed similar characteristics and could see success. Whereas, controlling other people in the system always saw negative effect, best case example; Adolph Hitler, Muammar al-Gaddafi etc.

  6. Melissa Dunn


    This article presents many of the same ideas that IMT presents through KSM Charts. Leaders are Left-Side people which also means they do not feel the need to control or manage other people, they are free to be creative, and they are confident with no fear. Many great leaders in history portrayed these characteristics, such as Martin Luther King Junior and the Founding Fathers of America.

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