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Emotional Intelligence for IT Professionals by Emília M. Ludovino

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The six emotional intelligent leadership styles

In 2002, Goleman, Boyatzis, and McKee conducted research for 3 years for the Harvard Business Review, with over 3,000 middle-level managers. Their goal was to uncover specific leadership behaviors and determine their effect on the corporate climate and each leadership style's effect on bottom-line profitability. Goleman found that leaders used six styles of leadership interchangeably:

  • Commanding style
  • Visionary style
  • Affiliative style
  • Democratic style
  • Pace setting style
  • Coaching style

Each of the styles comes from the use of emotional intelligence: being acutely aware of the environment, emotional needs, and feelings and adjusting the style to suit the most appropriate setting. These models ...

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