Management; Emotion vs. Intellect

30 Aug

Emotion vs. IntellectThere are many different styles of leadership and management, but in essence it comes down to two basic motivations: intellect and emotion.

Serial entrepreneur and author John Warrillow argues in Inc. magazine that while neither of these attributes is preferable to the other, each has its advantage in certain circumstances. While the logical, “dissociative” leader may rely on data and facts to address a challenge and therefore produce a more accurate result, it may be frighteningly devoid of instinct – a trait that is vital in high-pace environments.

In determining the strengths and weaknesses of a given management style, it helps to analyze project results, particularly in the event of failure. What could the manager have done to better the situation? Did he or she become overly emotional? Were they focused too much on perfectly extrapolating data?

While you don’t want to point to one style as superior to the other – especially as managers have their own styles through which they work best, regardless of mistakes – you can address this emotion-intellect dichotomy and discuss how it may be affecting overall performance.

What style of management do you use?

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