What do emotional intelligence and authenticity have in common? Everything. In its most stripped down form, being emotionally-intelligent means being an authentic person.
Yet authenticity doesn’t come natural, especially for leaders and managers. Sometimes it’s easier to not deal with emotional matters at work, as confrontations can get ugly and dramatic. It’s so much more convenient to sweep things under the rug.
The avoiding approach is also a recipe for disaster because it leads to more drama and more conflict.
If this strikes a chord and you’re on the path to growing and developing your leadership skills or emotional intelligence, listen up.