Emotionally Intelligent Leaders and Strategic Agility

The truth can be uncomfortable…leaders shouldn’t avoid that.

Achieving strategic agility is difficult because it’s based on shifting your mindset and rooted in emotional intelligence. But cultivating that mindset is worthwhile: Research shows that strategic leadership—which strategic agility falls under— is the most important leadership trait.

​Seeing an article talk about emotional intelligence as strategic agility in the same breath surprised me at first. As a military officer I feel that I have had to cultivate and grow both of these traits…and continue to do so.

But this is HARD.

Heck it was only in the past couple years I could even verbalize my career lessons in to terms like these.

I love this last point too.

When leaders consistently practice habits rooted in strategic agility, they empower their teams and organizations to do the same.

​Amen to that!!

Three things I can guarantee:

  1. Your organization will only survive if you empower your team
  2. Seek their feedback often, act on it, and you will move faster than you think
  3. As the leader, you must focus on making them better people – not just better employees – and all the goodness will follow.

The 4 management styles of emotionally intelligent leaders