Resonant leader, expert in emotional intelligence

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Robert Maurer

Resonant leader, expert in emotional intelligence

The resonant leader knows how to create a stimulating, respectful and empathetic work environment. Also, he dispels the smoke of stress so that better ideas appear and work better.

Last update: 24 March, 2022

There are different methods of leadership, there are those who push, those who drag, those who inspire and even those who manage to resonate. The latter capacity defines the resonant leader, a person who uses emotional intelligence as a mechanism to reach all team members.

Napoleon Bonaparte used to say that a good leader is a negotiator of hopes. Somehow, the great military strategist already knew that mobilizing human capital requires instilling optimism, confidence and encouragement.

Despite this, we have often given importance and power to leaders who have held their position with hard fist and control. This model, however, now appears rusty.

Daniel Goleman explained already at the beginning of the new millennium that it is urgent give way to a new qualified figure in the domination and understanding of emotions.

It is easier to reach, inspire and lead others by making use of social conscience, empathy, passion that vibrates with optimism and trust.

"In the modern organization, leadership must start with a clear goal: to take collective emotions in a positive direction and remove the fog created by toxic emotions."

-Daniel Goleman-

How is the resonant leader?

The adjective "resonant" is not only in fashion, but also describes a reality that should permeate our social contexts.

A resonant leader is one who shares his knowledge, balance, enthusiasm, creative drive and empathy. He is someone who vibrates emotionally and who exudes charisma and emotional intelligence.

If we think about it, the leader should have an almost innate ability to instill a certain emotional state in the entire organization. The manager who yells and scolds the staff about him is definitely stressed out.

As Daniel Goleman would say, the bad leader conveys toxic emotions and invalidates others. The resonant person, on the other hand, always maintains control This allows one to act calmly and radiate the same emotional balance to others.

Beyond technical skills: the emotional quotient

It is rewarding to have highly skilled leaders in the purest Elon Musk style. However, having a prominent figure at the helm of a company is of little use if it doesn't create a good work environment.

If the climate is permeated by criticism, pressure and reproach, few will give their best to make the project thrive. The study conducted at the University of Lawrence's Gwinnett Technical College indicates that leadership usually fails at managing emotions and conduct.

The resonant leader is therefore gifted with skillful techniques and also a high emotional intelligence quotient. What does it mean? It means knowing how to master the following dimensions:

  • Self-awareness: recognize your emotions and have proper self-control.
  • Social awareness: be able to recognize the emotions of others and act accordingly.
  • Self-management: high ability to manage their emotions.
  • Social skills: ability to influence and manage the emotions of others through communication.
  • Improve integrating new knowledge.

Resonant Leader: Skilled in awareness, hope and compassion

The resonant leader is a figure who instills group awareness, trust and commitment so that everyone can develop and reach their full potential.

Likewise, he's a personality who, far from stagnating in frustration because things don't go right sometimes, continues to encourage a resilient and hopeful approach. Handles stress, conflicts, daily disagreements well.

They know how to redirect the organization's negative emotions to turn them into positive feelings and instill balance.

On the other hand, this type of leadership makes good use of compassion. However, this concept does not refer to mere goodness. It fits into a profile that sets aside authoritarianism and narcissism to rise to dimensions such as closeness and understanding.

He wishes to connect with the group's daily concerns, connect with their emotional realities to help, redirect and inspire enthusiasm.

The resonant leader tunes in to the feelings of his or her organization's human capital and guides them in an emotionally positive direction to achieve common benefits.

Different types of resonance

Corporate-wide resonance can be applied in a number of ways. In light of this, we find different types of resonant leaders.

  • Visionary: a person with a clear plan and who is a source of inspiration for the group.
  • Coaching: qualified personalities to motivate the group, provide skills and tools for personal development and career advancement.
  • Connection and affiliation: the resonance also resides in the synchrony that connects people. That respectful connection that increases trust, as well as the pleasure of setting goals together.
  • Democratic resonance: this type of influence makes use of skills such as active listening, good communication, the ability to resolve conflicts, attribute responsibility, continuous emotional feedback in groups.


Such leadership is more than interesting. If we want to create more sustainable work environments and projects, it's time to integrate emotionally positive leaders into our companies, people who make dreams come true and awaken hope in others.

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