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Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize, manage, and comprehend emotions. This applies to both other people’s and one’s own emotions. People with high emotional intelligence perform well in decision-making, academic achievement, and all aspects of life, including leadership roles. As a result, researchers have concluded that emotional intelligence (EQ) is more important than intelligence (IQ) (Jumaa, n.d.). In healthcare, EI enables nurses to correctly identify people’s emotions based on their facial expressions.
Self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills are five EI characteristics that have an impact on leaders. The ability to understand one’s own emotions in relation to how they affect others is referred to as social awareness (Whitney, 2018). A self-aware leader listens attentively to other people’s opinions while being aware of their emotions in order to respond in a way that does not negatively affect the other people, especially when we completely disagree with them. Many conflicts in an organization arise as a result of miscommunication or a lack of communication. This results in the parties involved reacting to one another, each blaming the other. A self-aware individual or leader effectively communicates to the staff what to do to avoid conflicts, especially when they become enraged when things do not get done. A nurse leader who involves the staff nurses in planning shift schedules in an understaffed facility to avoid friction with dissatisfied staff who may come complaining and during deliberations trigger anger emotions in them heightening the conflict is an example of a self-aware leader. To avoid conflicts, the nurse leader, who is aware of his anger emotions, involves and consults with everyone in order to prevent friction from occurring. Frictions and conflicts stifle decision-making, demolish relationships and teamwork, and slow communication, resulting in inefficient care delivery. As a result, in order to lead others to achieve organizational goals, the nurse leader must be emotionally aware.
M. Jumaa (n.d.). Emotional intelligence leadership. 159-176 in Effective Healthcare Leadership. https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470774984.ch10
S. Whitney (2018). Leadership and Management Roles and Responsibilities https://lc.gcumedia.com/nrs451vn/nursing-leadership-and-management-leading-and-serving/v2.1/#/chapter/2
Emotional intelligence is defined as the ability to understand and manage one’s own emotions as well as the emotions of others. It is an essential component of effective leadership because it allows leaders to effectively communicate and interact with their team members, build strong relationships, and foster a positive and productive work environment. Emotional intelligence is critical for effective leadership in nursing because nurses frequently work in high-stress environments where they must deal with intense emotions, both their own and those of their patients and colleagues.
A self-aware person is aware of their own emotions and how they influence their thoughts and actions. This self-awareness enables them to better understand the emotions of others and respond to them in a thoughtful and empathic manner.
A person with a high level of self-awareness would demonstrate behaviors such as: • Being aware of their own emotions and how they affect their decision-making and behavior • Listening actively and attentively to others and seeking to understand their perspectives and emotions • Communicating openly and honestly and expressing their own emotions in an appropriate and constructive manner
Consider a team leader who is aware of their frustration and impatience when dealing with a difficult team member. Rather than reacting rashly and potentially damaging the relationship, the leader pauses, considers their emotions, and considers how their words and actions will affect the team member. This self-awareness enables the leader to respond in a constructive and supportive manner, which contributes to the overall team’s positive and productive work environment.
Eurich, T. (2018, January 4). What self-awareness really is (and how to cultivate it). Harvard Business Review. https://hbr.org/2018/01/what-self-awareness-really-is-and-how-to-cultivate-it
Santilli, M. (2022, November 23). What is emotional intelligence? Forbes Health. https://www.forbes.com/health/mind/what-is-emotional-intelligence/