I was invited by LinkedIn Editorial Team to provide my insights and perspectives regarding the future of leadership development. Specifically, my prediction for 2019. #BigIdeas2019
It has long been believed that great leaders are born and not developed. But this, I believe is not absolute. We are all born with an innate personality type (MBTI) and intelligence (IQ). And over our life-time we may learn to understand our personality, hopefully become self-aware of our blind spots and continue to develop ways to better engage with other personality types, while concurrently we gain greater knowledge, experience and skills, but our birth MBTI and IQ do not actually change.
If we accept that leaders are not born, that our personality does not change and intelligence does not increase over time, then how does one strive to become a great leader? The answer is in having a high level of Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Like personality and intelligence, EQ can be measured or assessed. I believe a complete leadership package is formed when a high level of emotional intelligence is combined with a person’s innate intellect and personality type.
Only when more organizations understand and accept the essential importance of the four EQ interpersonal skills: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management, will they expand their leadership development programs to include meaningful EQ training.
I predict 2019 will finally be the year that organizations dramatically increase their investment in Emotional Intelligence Training. By doing so, they will begin to significantly expand their internal pool of future leaders.