While both approaches are effective in developing effective leadership, the Psychodynamic approach excels in the area of specifics that the Emotional Intelligence approach does not. For example, the Psychodynamic approach has many in depth definitions and examples of leader-follower relationships such as social defense mechanisms, mirroring, Folie á Deux, and identification with the aggressor. This focus allows for a leader to analyze their interactions with followers, and their follower’s behaviors in a way that allows them to understand the follower’s motivations, emotions, and personality. The emotional intelligence approach simply describes what to do such as: have empathy, organizational awareness, and a service orientation, these instructions can be useful as a starting point for understanding followers, but does not account for any roadblocks in the way or specific situations like the Psychodynamic approach. The Psychodynamic approach is a much more personal model than EI that stresses the significance of the emotions and behaviors between a leader and their followers.

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