What constitutes a great leader

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This one caught my attention. For one, the research findings were very interesting and goes against most conventional thinking. And it was done by Google, undoubtedly one of the world’s most powerful companies today.

The study (https://www.inc.com/michael-schneider/google-did-an-internal-study-that-will-forever-change-how-they-hire-and-promote-.html), on what constitutes a great leader, found that employees appreciate managers who care for them both professionally and personally.

Did you say ‘personally’? Oh, but for many of us, that’s a complete no-no in a professional setting, right?. We are trained to take care of our people professionally, by 1:1 sessions on Personal Development Plan, appraisal meetings, identifying trainings and what not.

But if it comes to connecting with them personally, being genuinely interested in their well-being is something that we don’t think is necessary or even appropriate in an office setting. And this is where emotional intelligence plays a critical role in a manager who is able to make the cut to a great leader. Because having EQ gives one the ability to better understand and empathize with people around them.