Emotional Intelligence Essentials: Transformational Leadership Qualities

EQ for Transformational Leadership Qualities

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Transactional leadership is about getting tasks done. Transformational leadership is about building people and culture so they can do what needs to be done. What are the leadership qualities needed, and how does emotional intelligence help make that happen?

What is Transformational Leadership?

Transformational leadership means engaging people to build a context for ongoing growth and learning. It’s about building capacity for performance.

Is leadership about “getting things done” (tasks) or about engaging people to build a high performing culture (process)? In a task-focused world, it’s easy to think leadership is about DOING. But when it comes to transformational leadership, the impact comes more from BEING.

What Are the Essential Leadership Qualities?

Researching the emotional intelligence leadership qualities that make transformational leaders excel, a large scale study identified an essential ingredient is “focused empathy,” a combination of caring about people and performance.

A ten-year study on leadership qualities for high performance found five drivers are the key elements of transformational leadership. These are measured by the Leadership Vital Signs test, a 360 or multi-rater tool that maps to this model shown to the right with five top leadership qualities that, together, form a definition of transformational leadership.

  1. Trust: Transformational leaders set a context of safety, in which…
  2. Motivation: People are driven by long-term purpose,
  3. Change: They are adaptable,
  4. Teamwork: They collaborate to achieve more than they can individually, and
  5. Execution: They focus on what’s important and get it done.

 

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Emotional intelligence (EQ) = being smarter with feelings

EQ is a learnable, measurable skill that predicts improved effectiveness, relationships, quality of life & wellbeing (here's the research)

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Six Seconds provides businesses with tools, methods & expertise to improve the people-side of performance with emotional intelligence. As shown in the case study library, EQ strengthens leadership, team effectiveness, customer service/sales, accelerating change, and building a high-performing culture.

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Introduction to the EQ tests Individual EQ Assessments
Find the right assessment with the Tool Finder Organizational Emotional Intelligence Tests

Build capacity for transformation

Six Seconds started the world's first EQ Practitioner Certification and is widely known as the global leader in how to develop emotional intelligence. Public & in-house EQ certification.

Explore the pathways: 

Certified EQ Consultant Certified EQ Facilitator
Certified EQ Coach Certified Social Emotional Learning Specialist

At the Heart of Learning

Six Seconds is the comprehensive source for tools, methods & expertise to improve education --  around the globe, across the age span, for all stakeholders.

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Build capacity for transformation

Six Seconds started the world's first EQ Practitioner Certification and is widely known as the global leader in how to develop emotional intelligence. Public & in-house EQ certification. start with the EQ Educator Certification - then continue toward the 4 professional accreditations:

Certified EQ Coach Certified Social Emotional Learning Specialist
Certified EQ Consultant Certified EQ Facilitator

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