Is it possible for leaders with low emotional intelligence to succeed?

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If one looks at failed leaders, they typically fail not because they lack intelligence, but rather because they lack wisdom and behave foolishly. – Robert Sternberg

Each week this summer I’m introducing a blog theme that connects popular and important posts from recent years. Each theme offers a number of perspectives on a perennial challenge of school leadership.

This week’s topic is “emotional intelligence.”

As Robert Sternberg says, “failed leaders” often do so because of problems with people of one sort or another—escalating conflicts that produce no positive results, inability to express feelings in helpful ways or to recognize and respond to the feelings of others, and authoritarian and controlling ways of working with others, to name a few common problems.

I encourage you to scroll through articles in this thread to find those that match your interests.

In addition, I encourage you to take a closer look at these essays:

“Choose healthy skepticism over cynicism”

“Why it’s important for leaders to choose the scenic path over the psychopath

“How leaders can cultivate positive emotions within the school community”

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