Emotional intelligence (EQ) has gotten a lot of air time over the past fifteen years. And with good reason since it makes a huge difference when leaders have good self-awareness and manage their emotions and relationships well. However, just EQ is NOT ENOUGH! I have met plenty of men and women in leadership positions who are caring, thoughtful, sensitive to the needs of others, and are well liked by others, yet they are not succeeding in their leadership roles. Although there are many differences between the leaders who successfully start and lead a business, church or non-profit organization, they have these seven things in common beyond emotional intelligence. Successful leaders...
1. Possess passion for the vision
They are crazy excited about what they are aiming to accomplish.
2. Are fanatically focused
They never drift from their pursuit of the vision.
3. Work harder than others
They are not only not afraid of hard work, they love it.
4. Attract talent
They attract other talented leaders because of their vision and passion
5. Take calculated risks
They take plenty of risks but are seldom reckless.
6. Possess the gift of disruption
They know how to disrupt the norm to create the new.
7. Are decisive decision-makers
They always lean towards imperfect decisions over no decisions.
Jay Desko is the Executive Director of The Center and serves on the Senior Leadership Team at Calvary Church in Souderton, PA. Jay brings experience in the areas of ministry assessment, leadership coaching, decision-making, and strategic questioning. Jay’s degrees include a B.S. in Bible, a M.Ed in Instructional Systems Design and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Leadership.