The Benefits of Emotional Intelligence Awareness:Utilizing the LTD and Trait ApproachEach person is born with a unique set of useful qualities that can help them become effective in areas where he or she shows strength. Testing instruments, such as the Leadership Trait Questionnaire can shed light on individual traits to help a person become more aware of areas of power as a leader in relationship to emotional intelligence and success in leadership roles. Using both concepts of trait theory and emotional intelligence in relation to my own skill set will prove to guide me to areas that I may not realize I am competent in and embolden me to become more assertive in applying emotional intelligence in areas where I may show weakness. I will use the Leadership Trait Questionnaire (LTQ) as a guide and case study in leadership, as well as other ideas prompted by the results of this instrument.According to the LTQ, I possess the traits of trustworthiness, friendliness, and self-confidence. I agree in this assessment and assert that all these characteristics have been stable over time and are not a part of learned behavior in reaction to others or my environment. These are all innate qualities that I was predisposed to possessing, fitting in with the model of trait theory. Similarly, these qualities have made me an effective leader and, especially since I possess the quality of self-confidence, I am content in my own decision-making and this precludes me to be a follower, so to speak.
My friendliness and trustworthiness, likewise are encouraging to others in following my leadership with assurance of my openness and honesty. In contrast, my self-confidence and unlikelihood of being a “follower” of sorts may inhibit me from taking advice and counsel from others. This is an area where understanding my own emotional intelligence and response to others, who may provide me with valuable information would be helpful.Input from others, as well, conclude that I am sometimes hard to deal with and do not talk as freely as others might. I believe that from this input and the results from the Leadership Trait Questionnaire, I can benefit from trying to better understand my emotions and my interpretation of the emotions of others. It is quite possible that I do look at others in an adversarial fashion, as my self-confidence disallows me from taking a role of an understudy and am fearful that if I speak too much, I may reveal my own weaknesses that I have not processed.
It, also, makes sense that I believe others are, in a sense, competitors and not confidantes, so I do not read their intentions as well as I could. Evaluating and reevaluating my emotional intelligence by measuring these weaknesses and responses to them is crucial in developing into a more open-minded and emotionally intelligent individual.The LBT, also, points to other weaknesses in my innate traits.
Results show that I am articulate, perceptive, self-assured, and determined. For every positive trait there is a negative quality and, therefore, understanding trait theory and examining my emotional intelligence in terms of leadership can help turn internally positive attributes into actions that are better understood personally, expressed to others, and proactively catered to deal with the emotions of others, because of these expressed qualities. My self-assurance and determination can both help me to achieve goals, but also can blind me to the emotions of others. All this ties in with my positive ability to lead, but inability to let distractions (including others needs) come in the way. Similarly, I must learn that others may possess a similar “blueprint” for life in that he or she may be self-assured and determined, further putting me in an adversarial position.Trait theory in leadership is stressed by a personal need for calmness and composure.
This is where emotional intelligence is especially important. As all people, who are successful, will possess overlapping intrinsic traits, I do feel that it is of the utmost importance to not be adversarial or self-absorbed. I need to be open to new ideas, new people, and the importance of continuing to learn more about myself and others. I need to be sure that my traits of being articulate and perceptive are not tools for manipulation and instead tools to better communicate with others, both those who share similar and different traits.
Essentially it can be said that the relationship between trait theory and emotional intelligence is the appreciation and acceptance of one’s own inherent strengths and weaknesses and the insight into other’s characteristics. Interactions with others will always involve the elements of coming to terms with other’s personalities and staying calm and collected, so to gauge the emotions of all those one may interact with.In conclusion, the Leadership Trait Questionnaire and the study of both trait theory and emotional intelligence have all helped me to understand more about the psychology of human nature, leadership, and my own spot on the path of bringing all these theories and self-truths forward to benefit my career journey.
I realize that I am extremely lucky to have inherited traits that predispose me to leadership roles and that other more undesirable traits can be at least understood and dealt with in a emotionally competent and cool manner.