There are many types of intelligence—logical, linguistic, kinesthetic, and rhythmic—but every great leader shares one in particular: high emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand the inner workings of people. Leaders with a high EQ know how to adjust to a wide range of personalities, fluctuating emotional states, situational social needs, and cultural subtleties. Most importantly, high EQ leaders are gender intelligent. These leaders know how to respect and connect with both men and women. They recognize the impact of gender on individual experience, while also understanding that each individual experience is unique.
“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”
- Mahatma Gandhi, Leader of the Indian independence movement