The Fundamentals of a Good Leader


A good leader is...

So what makes someone a good leader? According to Daniel Goleman, effective leaders are also distinguished by a high degree of emotional intelligence. Or as we now refer to it - EQ. That is a high degree of self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill.

Every organisation needs to value their people but managing people lies on the shoulder of the leaders within that organisation. There is a saying that people don't leave organisations they leave bad managers.  

Can emotional intelligence be measured and developed? According to research, people are born with it to some degree. It can also be acquired as we grow older. Even as we mature it will take practice to nurture and develop emotional intelligence. Here is an example, a business executive who just tells what to do and never listen to other ideas and opinions other than his own. To correct the problem the executive needs to be encouraged to change his behavior.  Part of the training should be observing other executive who does well listening and absorbing new ideas or replay the incident to improve correct response. While training will surely improve some aspect of emotional intelligence, it will not happen in a snap, but with the desire to improve and change it will surely help a lot.

From the example above, it shows the great importance of emotional intelligence as a key element to becoming a successful leader. It is also necessary to have the right mindset to facilitate change. With the right motivation and proper guidance, becoming a great leader will be at hand. Another approach that is worth mentioning would be asking the right question on how to become an effective leader. To acquire better solutions and results, you need to sometimes as questions instead telling people what to do.

Great leaders are not afraid to ask questions or even to BE questioned.

Check out Better Leaders Ask Better Questions” and learn the art of asking questions so you can move from being a good leader to being a GREAT leader.


Ann Andrews CSP specialises in working with high performing teams and showing managers how to deal with poor performance.

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