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Aspiring managers, here’s why you need emotional intelligence to be an effective leader

A new LinkedIn report surveyed 14,000 people. The majority agreed leaders need these skills but not many are practicing them well.

Aspiring managers, here’s why you need emotional intelligence to be an effective leader
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Thinking about leading a team or rising through the leadership ranks at your company? Better check that your soft skills are sharp.

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Among 14,000 respondents to a recent LinkedIn survey, more than half said that leaders need to have a full complement of soft skills in order to stay ahead of challenges like artificial intelligence and changing customer demands. The report revealed:

  • 55% of respondents said a purpose-driven and caring mindset was the number one thing leaders should be striving for
  • 51% of respondents said leaders would need to know how to be motivated, engaging, and inspiring
  • 39% cited the need for emotional intelligence, which continues to reign as the most in-demand skill for any worker
  • 34% said leaders must have good listening and communication skills

However, just over half (51%) of those polled said that their current leadership isn’t putting these skills into practice very well. Maybe that is why the top challenge for leaders (45%) is attracting and retaining talent.

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About the author

Lydia Dishman is a reporter writing about the intersection of tech, leadership, and innovation. She is a regular contributor to Fast Company and has written for CBS Moneywatch, Fortune, The Guardian, Popular Science, and the New York Times, among others.

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