Feelings over Creativity

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Leadership: What is it?
The inquiry of what make an effective leader is an ongoing question in the education system. This topic is used to encourage students to think critically while preparing for the working America. We’ve all been asked, at some point in time, to identify the qualities of a leader. What makes a person a leader? What separates leaders from followers? As a child, a leader was the person at the front of the line. As a pre-teen, a leader was a role model. Whether it was a parent, actress, singer or teacher; at that point in life, a leader was whoever was looked up to. Entering the teenage and young adult years, everyone wants to hold the title of a leader and not a follower. This is the age where we experiment – try different things – and if others followed suit, we were a leader. As we get older, we grasp a more elaborate definition of a leader and strive to one day fit that description. In my opinion, a leader is someone who can influence others, whether it is positive or negative influence. A leader is that person that others listen to, respect, and follow. Daniel Goleman and Mitch McCrimmon both have views on what makes a leader. Goleman (1998) discusses how a great leader has emotional intelligence, which is the control over one’s emotions; while McCrimmon (2005) focuses more on thought leadership, which is based on innovation. Both articles provide an in-depth insight into the world of leadership.
Emotional Intelligence of Leaders
Daniel Goleman’s article, “The Emotional Intelligence of Leaders,” written in 1998, is definitely an eye-opener to the role emotions play in effective leaders. Goleman (1998) provides a small background to this thought process as he explains how he tried to give some money to a homeless man with no legs, when – in an unfortunate turn of events – a breeze carries the money into traffic. Next, in a fortunate…...

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