How important is it that people feel passionate about their livelihoods? What is a leader’s responsibility in helping others find passion in their work? In terms of your career, what are you most passionate about? What drives or motivates you? Are you on a mission or do you take life one day at a time? What does living your life on purpose mean to you? Where would you like to be five or ten years from now? Defend your perspectives.
When you think about the organization you selected, do you experience happiness, pride, anger, resentment, apathy, or gratification? Does this organization encourage open discussion about feelings and emotions? What emotions do you experience as you deeply ponder this organization’s mission, people, policies, products, and services? Are these emotions mostly positive or negative? To what do you attribute your strongest feelings? What causes them? Do you believe your coworkers and the organization’s leaders share your feelings? Defend your perspectives.
Do you see any similarities between self-esteem, emotional intelligence, and locus of control? Why should self-esteem be included in a discussion about leadership? How does having high self-esteem make a person a better leader? Is it possible for a leader with low self-esteem to be effective? Can a person with low self-esteem be a leader? How would you describe your own level of self-esteem? Defend your perspectives.
How do the findings of this study compare with what you are learning about emotional intelligence? What are your thoughts about neuroticism being a correlate to leadership? How can the development of emotional intelligence influence these findings? Is extraversion a necessary factor in leading with emotional intelligence? Defend your perspectives.
Judge, T. A., Bono, J. E., Ilies, R., & Gerhardt, M. W. (2002). Personality and leadership: A qualitative and quantitative review. Journal of Applied Psychology, 87(4), 765–780.