When you’re talking about being involved in leadership of any kind, be it military or business or even just a simple group project at a particular institution, one of the most important skills for a leader to possess is the ability to properly process and utilize emotion both internally and externally. Leadership itself is the business of building and maintaining relationships, both with your subordinates and your superiors; so in order to navigate those waters as an individual, you must understand yourself on a level that allows you to best predict and handle the fluctuations of emotions within yourself in order to make better decisions more quickly. Knowing yourself emotionally will also help to ease the process of understanding the thoughts and feelings of those around you, allowing you to have a better incite and appreciation for the perspective of others; having this will not only help you to just relate to your people, but it will help you to understand exactly why it is they are the way they are or why they behave a particular way. It just seems to me, that in my past experiences in dealing with various structures of hierarchy and leadership, wherever there was a presence of either bad leadership or a bad chemistry between the leaders and subordinates; more often than not either there was a lack of understanding on an emotional and consequently a structural level, or there was a serious shortage of relatability between the parties involved. For myself, I always found it harder to operate as a leader of any form whenever I went through phases of emotional instability or insecurity, and the same can also be said for instances where I’ve tried to lead people whom I have nothing to relate to or vice versa. If others cannot relate to you emotionally or at least can see that you have something that allows you to relate to them on some level, then it is unlikely that they will ever come to respect you as a leader whom they would preferably follow. When leading without the presence of this respect or admiration, more often than not you will be leading simply out of a place of title, structural momentum, or fear; none of which are very efficient.