Using Emotional Intelligence Helps Women Build Trust and Grow Influence.
J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Feb;16(2):255-256. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2018.08.012. Epub 2018 Sep 17.
There is strong agreement that emotional intelligence is a critical foundation for today’s successful leaders. Fortunately, emotional intelligence can be improved and, in many respects, is like exercise. With repetitive practice, one can develop emotional competence so that behaviors are engrained and eventually become reflexive. Equally critical is a leader’s ability (and willingness) to flex his or her leadership style with different challenges. The evolving health care landscape demands this leadership flexibility, but to do this effectively, the leader must be keenly aware of the environment and his or her impact or potential impact on it. Moreover, the complexity of our radiology practices is benefitted by diverse teams that help support this nimble leadership. This diversity provides differing experiences and perspectives to solve complex problems. And although a broad definition of diversity is important, let us focus on women and consider how they can leverage emotional competency in a changing environment to build trust and grow influence.