Emotional Intelligence In Nursing Leadership

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Being a good nursing leader is so much more than understanding work flows, budgets and patient satisfaction. One strategy for leaders to improve their ability is to learn about and improve their own emotional intelligence. Emotional Intelligence Emotional Intelligence refers to the ability of a person to recognize, understand and master their own emotions as well as those of others (Codier & Codier, 2017). For anyone in a leadership position, charge nurse, nurse manager or director, being able to recognize and manage emotions in themselves and others is a great advantage. Indeed, emotional intelligence is viewed as one of the best predictors of a successful leader (Codier & Codier, 2017). According to Goleman and colleagues (as cited in McEwen & Wills, 2014), Emotional Intelligence is separated into four categories of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and social skills. Self-awareness could be considered the most important of the four as it describes the ability to understand our emotions and recognizing our own strengths and weaknesses (McEwen…show more content…
As nurses, we teach our patients and their family members, nursing students, new employees and we learn new skills ourselves. As such, understanding how adults learn is very important for nurses, both for their own learning needs and the needs of…show more content…
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