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How the Left and Right- brained Thinking Affect Emotional Intelligence (Part 3)

Updated on July 16, 2011

A case study has been done by Fiona Graetz (2002) that highlighted the relationship between the role, skills and level of emotional intelligence of organizationalleaders vis-à-vis the capacity to stimulate and engender strategic thinking within an organization.

It suggests that the elements of left-brain thinking reflects the planning side of strategy making (need for logic, analysis, attention to detail, focus on meeting deadlines, etc.), while right-brain thinking reflects the thinking (creative, inquisitive, intuitive, entrepreneurial) component of strategy making (Graetz et al., 1998; Graetz, 1996). To adequately meet the three criteria of creativity, plausibility and consistency, balanced input is required from both left- and right-brain thinking styles. Emotional intelligence clearly reflects a "whole-brained" approach to thinking and behaving.

In other words, an emotionally intelligent person who embodies all these attributes is adept at drawing on the four different quadrants of the brain depending on the demands of situational context. Therefore, to nurture strategic thinking capabilities amongst organizational members, leaders must help them to develop emotional intelligence to enhance both left-brain and right-brain thinking skills.

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      Ingenira 5 years ago

      thanks, Naim Hassan.

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      Naim H 6 years ago from Dhaka

      Thanks for your expert writings.

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