In today’s TRLN Management Academy, I learned about Emotional Intelligence (EI) and its importance in successful leadership. I found this helpful website on EI by the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations that quotes contemporary EI as “a form of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor ones own and others feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use this information to guide ones thinking and action (Salovey & Mayer, 1990).” There are core competencies that leaders can seek to improve in themselves in order to become more effective leaders.
Another topic we discussed was the overall concept of strategic management. While this topic is often studied and taught in the business world, for the rest of us, strategic management is often an “on-the-job-training” task. Unfortunately, this method of experiential learning may not be the most effective strategy for management success (right?). The basic principles of strategic management can be found in many references (books, articles, workshops, etc…), but the most impressive take away that I had today was the notion of “cultural dexterity”. Cultural dexterity is the concept of having a nimble, responsive, flexible and adaptive culture in your organization as it is the organizational culture that most deeply influences strategy and vision (which by the way was defined in a way that I could really understand – where your organization wants to go, as opposed to the “mission” which is who your organization is).
Oh my. I’ve listened to (as opposed to “learned” because I am still trying to do that) quite a bit, and it’s only Day 1.