How Womens Leadership, EQ and The Missing 33% Are All Related
How Womens Leadership, EQ and The Missing 33% Are All Related

Women have fabulous EQ skills. We’re told that time and time again. But, 97% of leadership feedback, coaching, training and mentoring that women receive focusses solely on the stuff that we’re already great at, EQ! What’s missing? Let me explain.

EQ and Leadership Definitions

Daniel Goleman says that having a well developed EQ is a leadership game changer. EQ is defined by Goleman as:

 the ability to recognize, understand and manage our own emotions and recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others.In practical terms, this means being aware that emotions can drive our behavior and impact people (positively and negatively), and learning how to manage those emotions – both our own and others.

Daniel Goleman

Over at A Career that Soars, we say that

Leadership is using the greatness in you to achieve and sustain extraordinary outcomes by engaging the greatness in others.

Susan Colantuono

The two definitions are not mutually exclusive. In fact, I argue that when EQ is discussed in the context of leadership that gets results, it has been overly simplified and/or parts of the EQ definition are missing. 

This graphic by Tanya Vora illustrates my argument

EQ graphic by Tanmay Vora

The truth is glaringly obvious to me. When we talk about EQ as a leadership game changer, there are missing elements.

When women are coached on how to be better leaders, they are coached, mentored and trained on the “Inner” and “Other” elements in the Goleman/Vora graphical model. They are NOT consistently coached, mentored and trained in the “Outer” element of EQ – the ability to think at a system level which is (in part) the basis for strategic thinking, or as we call it,  The Missing 33%.

Leadership and EQ Research to Ponder

Research from across the globe informs us that:

If women are so damn good at leadership, then why are there so few of us leading from the top?

The Truth is The Missing 33%.

What is The Missing 33% you rightly ask?  It is having and demonstrating your business, strategic and financial acumen. It is leading for outcomes, and it is the career advice you probably didn’t get if you are a woman. In fact, we know that 97% of women still receive incomplete career advice.

If you want to find out more about The Missing 33% and importantly, what to do about it, then join me over at A Career that Soars for our first workshop for 2022 which is free for all members. 

About A Career that Soars!

If you’re an emerging or experienced woman leader working inside an organization and you have ambition to advance, but don’t have access to educational programs through your employer, A Career that Soars! (ACtS!) is for you. It’s a personal leadership and career development resource built around a global community of career-motivated women like you.

Annual membership is $US145. Here is why you should invest in your career.

About Michelle Redfern

Contact me for a chat about how you can ensure the women in your organisation receive the career advice they need.