Emotional Intelligence and Empathy in Leadership

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Introduction Throughout the years we have seen significant changes in “Corporate America,” changes that have seriously impacted those in the workplace and consumers as well. It is a dog eat dog world out there due to the economic stresses of today. This daily struggle to survive in the workplace has affected the lives of everyone involved as interpersonal skills are declining especially among company executives. Are academic institutions to blame for this obvious lack of concern for others in the workplace? It has been suggested in the following studies that higher level education is lacking in regard to the study of emotional intelligence and empathy within their business leadership programs. Empathy is defined as, “the feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions: the ability to share someone else's feelings,” (Merriam-Webster, 2014). Emotional intelligence and empathy will be observed throughout this paper as a result of two separate studies, each were conducted with regard to leadership. Please note that the first article focuses on these issues through a secularist worldview while the second article embraces a Christian worldview. Although the issues are the same, the methodologies are somewhat different. Description of Article - 1 The first study will be presented in two parts; 1.) Foundational research on empathy in leadership, 2.) Opinions formed from a different group based on the outcome of the first study. This two-part study has been conducted among business students throughout a period of three years and serves to discover why empathy is not an essential part of leadership today. Also incorporated in this article are other literature-based reflections that concur with ... ... middle of paper ... ... love your neighbor as yourself,” (www.biblegateway.com/NIV, 2011). The only command higher than this is that you love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind. God values the feelings and emotions of all humanity, likewise, we should as well. References Gliebe, S. K. (2012). Strategies to Foster Emotional Intelligence in Christian Higher Education. Christian Higher Education, 253-259. Marques, S. H. (2012). Empathy in Leadershjip: Appropriate or Misplaced? An Empirical Study on a Topic that is Asking for Attention. Journal of Business Ethics , 105:95-105. Merriam-Webster, I. (2014). Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved from www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empathy www.biblegateway.com/NIV. (2011). Retrieved from Bible Gateway: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians+3%3A12&version=NIV
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