A recent review took a close look at the emotional intelligence of leaders. Their goal was to understand if the EQ of a leader impacts their direct reports, and if so, how. In looking at the leader-follower relationships of more than 6300 leaders, three key points came to light:

  1. Employees reporting to high EQ leaders are more likely to perform higher and have greater job satisfaction.
  2. Employees reporting to high EQ leaders engage in more organizational citizenship behaviors (such as showing altruism, courtesy, sportsmanship, conscientiousness, and civic virtue.).
  3. Employees rate their leaders’ EQ as highly valuable across cultures and around the world.