Gender and Emotional Intelligence
Human emotions are experienced from the interaction between psychological stimulation and the appraisal of situation identification. When an individual undergoes psychological stimulation, the stimuli, and the signs and conditions around will determine the emotions experienced by that individual. The response of people to stimuli is quite different. The emotional stage that is engendered by stimuli will determine the decision that is likely to be made by a person. A mastery of the emotional state is a function of emotional intelligence. For instance, if psychological stimuli easily irritate a person, there are chances that the individual will make hurried decisions.
By virtue of his or her position, it is the duty of a leader to make decisions. The emotional state of a leader impacts the decisions that he or she makes. Thus, leaders should not fear emotions and find ways on how to handle them. A leader who is emotionally cold is not likely to galvanize his team. However, one who is emotionally wrought has higher likelihood of being irrational and may therefore, not inspire confidence. A good leader strikes a balance and has the ability of showing or hiding his or her emotions at appropriate moments. This is the emotional intelligence that is expected in a leader.
Gender plays a critical role in the emotional intelligence of leaders, and thus, the decisions that they make. One of the features of emotional intelligence is relationship management. A good leader is capable of inspiration and also acting as a catalyst for change. In an environment where there is never-ending pressure for performance, a leader who is empathizing to the workers can get the best out of them. Women can be more empathizing compared to men, and whenever they make decisions, they are always thinking about the people who are involved instead of men who often think of the ‘facts.’ Thus, women have higher chances of making better decisions.