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4D Leadership – Competitive Advantage Through Vertical Leadership Development

Twenty years ago the accumulation of skills, knowledge and experience (‘horizontal development’) was sufficient for business success. Today, it’s not. 4D Leadership – Competitive Advantage Through Vertical Leadership Development, offers a new approach of ‘vertical development’.

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Decision making relies on emotion

Decision making relies on emotion

In an earlier blog, I explored the misunderstanding that you can take emotions out of business. I now want to explain just how essential emotions are to decision-making. If it were possible to delete emotions from your system almost entirely (and there are some rare medical conditions that effectively cause this problem), then you would be completely unable to make a decision, life would lose meaning, you would never experience the exhilaration of achievement and you would never spot a competitive threat – in short you would fail big time as a leader and a human being.

So instead of trying to get rid of emotions in decision-making, we all need to become much more aware of our emotions and develop the ability to actually feel them. When Daniel Goleman first described emotional intelligence (EQ) he identified five different dimensions of EQ. More recent authors have added or taken away from that original list and today most commentators identify six different dimensions. We think there are 10 critical emotional and social intelligence (ESQ) capabilities that leaders need to develop. Furthermore some of these capabilities can only be effectively cultivated when the previous level of capability is developed. This means that there is a sequence; you can’t access some of the higher levels until you’ve mastered the basic levels.

Read more about the 10 critical levels of emotional and social intelligence.

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Dr Alan Watkins

Alan is recognised as an international expert on leadership and human performance. He has a broad mix of commercial, academic, scientific and technological abilities.


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