Put simply, leadership is really about cultivating people who are mature enough to take full accountability for their own contribution.
Emotional intelligence is the full awareness of one’s own emotional responses to things. It is about truly understanding what emotional responses tend to accompany what sorts of environmental stimuli.
Both intelligence and maturity are very useful, but in different ways so I want to write about the different uses of maturity and intelligence.
Maturity and intelligence are not the same thing. An intelligent person can, like anyone else, care only about satisfying his/her agenda and so can be very immature.
I must stress, this clip of Mr. Thabo Mbeki and Mr. Benjamin Mkapa inspired me and filled me with admiration for the truth of the words they spoke.
What we see in some situations is that we really are presented with a difficult choice to be soft and give or to be harder and stand your ground.
We must be careful not to reduce human potential to the Human Resources box.
It is not owning a car that fulfills one; it is only the joy of driving that can possibly be fulfilling. But the driving is something you do, not something you get or have.
The second issue with focusing on results is that it keeps us stuck in the past.
I think knowledge in itself has an immense value, but only if it is engaged with in the correct way.