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  • Writer's pictureDr. Vaughn C Eason, DBA CM

The most important trait of an influential leader: emotional intelligence


The most important trait of an influential leader is emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the capacity to be aware of and manage one’s own emotions, and the emotions of others.


An emotionally intelligent leader is able to put themselves in other people’s shoes, see both sides of every issue, and take into account the emotional states of those around them. They are also able to communicate effectively, both verbally and non-verbally.

If you want to be an influential leader, then emotional intelligence is essential. Start by learning to be aware of and manage your own emotions, and then practice communicating effectively with others.

Also, pay attention to the emotions of those around you and respond appropriately. Be empathetic and understanding and try to see things from their perspective. Use active listening skills to truly hear what others are saying and understand their needs and concerns.

Another important aspect of emotional intelligence is the ability to regulate your emotions. This means being able to stay calm and composed in stressful situations, and not letting your emotions cloud your judgment. It also means being able to adapt to changing situations and remain flexible in your thinking.

In summary, emotional intelligence is the key trait of an influential leader. As you work to improve your leadership skills, focus on developing your emotional intelligence by being aware of your own emotions, communicating effectively, being empathetic to others, regulating your emotions, and remaining flexible in your thinking.

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