An infectious disease specialist successfully led a country through a pandemic. His humble demeanor, soothing tone of voice, scientific acumen, unwavering humanism, patience and common sense inspired a nation known for their rebelliousness to unreservedly comply. History has repeatedly recorded that there is only one thing that Hellenes are constantly ready to pay for with their life, against all odds, contrary to any logic: Their independence. Yet when this unknown doctor asked them to provisionally surrender a big part of their freedom they did it; reluctantly at first, wholeheartedly later. Why? Because he asked them nicely... Adapted from, original publication on Inc. 1. Authenticity. A leader with emotional intelligence shows up with his most authentic and best self, while honoring the authenticity and best in others. People who are not comfortable in leading allow fear to seep in. To deal with shame or lack of confidence, they put on a mask that hides who they truly are, which shows up in counter-productive ways, like false charisma, bossing people around, micromanagement, or forcefully commanding attention. 2. Self-confidence. Knowing your own emotions, strengths, and weaknesses; what your values are, and what drives you as a person. Leaders with emotional intelligence are realistic in their self-assessment and always remain open for constructive criticism. They understand what situations bring out the worst in them, and will plan in advance accordingly to adapt to a particularly challenging scenario. 3. Assertiveness. Accept the fact that conflict is unavoidable when human beings are involved. Rather than being passive-aggressive and conflict-avoidant, leaders with emotional intelligence courageously run toward the eye of the storm. They are keenly aware that cutting through conflict with active listening skills to understand the other person is a much faster solution to resolving an issue than the negative consequences of running away from conflict. 4. Integrity. Authentic leaders don’t say things to sugarcoat, try to please others, or look good in front of their peers. They don’t betray themselves or others by using words or making decisions that are not aligned with who they are at the core of their beings. These leaders speak clearly, honestly, and with integrity, especially when the rubber meets the road. 5. Self-control. A leader with emotional intelligence is able to redirect disruptive emotions and impulses and not jump into any hasty conclusions. A leader resists the urge to go off and point fingers. 6. Visibility. During the hard times, leaders don’t hide behind closed doors or conveniently delegate important communication needs to others. They are out on the frontlines sharing plans for the future, addressing questions and concerns, and calming fears and apprehensions. 7. Passion. Passion in a leader shows up with unwavering optimism in the face of adversity and will take whatever he or she can from the experience in order to grow and improve.

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