Monday, 14 January 2013

The Emotionally Intelligent Leader

Another good article in today's Times is on Stuart Lancaster the England Rugby Union Head Coach. The article starts :-

"This is an interview about coaching. It is about leadership and smart practice and how on earth someone with no international experience, who hardly anyone had heard of, managed to rescue an England rugby team at their lowest point in decades."

Well worth a read about a down to earth modest 43 year old coach is making a real difference.

The bit that really came home to me was:-

"This brings us to the essentials of what Lancaster is good at: getting people to do stuff.

He is too modest to sing his own praises, but he does mention his changing-room speech before the third international against South Africa last summer, when England were fatigued, 2-0 down in the series and all portents were bad. “I said to them: ‘There is no way we are coming off this pitch having lost, you’ve all worked too hard.’ I felt they deserved it.” They drew 14-14.

“Emotional intelligence is the key requirement to get the best out of people,” he says. “I was never academically straight As, but being self-aware of your own strengths and weaknesses, I am pretty good at that. I can sense how people are feeling and see through their eyes, have empathy for their position, all those softer skills.”

Here is an interesting video where Daniel Goleman explain Emotional Intelligence.


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