Many people don't realize it, but a big part of true leadership is the ability and willingness to identify, accept and share yourself as a whole person - not just someone who works perfectly in an office.
For more than a decade now, the call from the workplace, government, and social settings has been for leaders to step forward. All hands on deck. Engage the rest of the troops to accomplish the mission. Either develop or demonstrate the expertise that leads to success. All well and good.
Like artists, wise leaders focus, analyze, and study a subject. Then they decide and act. And even then, as Oswald Chambers put it: "It's never wise to be cocksure." Consider the following nine differences between smart managers and wise leaders
The current buzz word "thought leader" captures clout for those who stand out in the industry. But for years in other organizations or communities, we've used other clichés to identify those who think well: "He's fast on his feet" or "She has a clear head on her shoulders."
Ask people what they feel is the most important leadership quality and you'll get as many answers as you've asked people. There's so many relevant traits to leadership that it's near impossible to list them.
You can improve your EQ by practicing active listening, empathy, responding rather than reacting and listening to your body. But it's important to remember that developing Emotional Intelligence is a lifelong practice, and there is always room for improvement.
The one question that you have to answer correctly every time is this: "What are you working on?" And it's particularly critical that you get the answer right when responding to your boss. Your reputation can also suffer when you blow that question with peers.