Letter to the editor: Voting for emotional and collaborative intelligence


We’ve certainly entered the frantic part of the election cycle when candidates and their supporters publicly vet their opinions and suggestions.

When considering candidates, I tend to first look (like others) for qualities like integrity, compassion and competence. Diving deeper, I’m interested in strong leadership qualities, including both emotional and collaborative intelligence. Emotional intelligence includes empathy, self-awareness, communication and social skills, self-regulation, and motivation. Collaborative intelligence includes trust and relationship-building skills, healthy communication, efficiency, empathy, accountability, creativity and positivity. Please note the overlap!

Good leadership includes collaborative team building that is inspirational and aspirational, with a healthy balance of realism. No single candidate is a “unicorn”….but I hope that every candidate can demonstrate their ability to listen and absorb diverse perspectives to learn from other’s life experience, as they make decisions that impact all of us as a community. Please consider the qualities that matter most to you when you cast your votes this year!

Kevin Harris

  1. Three cheers for the leadership qualities to look for!!!

    Kevin, thanks for underscoring the candidate qualities we need in leaders!

  2. Thank you for the great letter! Your message is spot on, and your encouragement to be an informed participant in the election process very much appreciated. Don’t forget that if you’ve got questions you can reach candidates by phone and email listed on the county voter’s pamphlet coming soon or their websites.

    As a candidate, I can tell you it’s hard to reflect who we are in one or two minute answers at forums. I love it when you call and want to talk, ask to meet for coffee, or invite me to your community group meeting to answer questions.

    These next few weeks are the best time to reach out to candidates. Ask us your questions, get a feel for who we are as people, and hold us to your highest standards! That’s what we’re here for – to represent you and the community.

    Thank you for voting and being part of an important process.

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