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Is reading emotions a leadership trait?

January 15, 2015

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It is believed intelligence is the most important ingredient in office success. But we keep neglecting another trait, the one that is responsible for reading emotions of others.

German scientists were trying to figure out how strong exactly the link between professional success and emotional intelligence is? After studying hundreds of professionals they found, those good at recognizing emotions and having excellent interpersonal skills, not only earned more, but also gained through office politics and other interpersonal aspects of work life.

Emotional intelligence clearly effects job performance. People that are good at recognizing emotions achieve more and get better satisfaction ratings from their subordinates. Women in average assess nonverbal clues more accurately than men. So, is a lack of women on higher positions the result of glass ceiling resisting likability or charm and good nature are not seen as leadership traits?

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From → Hic Salta

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