Did you know that how you feel can affect the quality of your work? It's true!
After all, you are not a robot, but an emotional being!
Learning to manage your emotions and relate with others is one of the most in demand skills in the workforce today. It's just as important as the technical skills needed to complete your job.
What Is Emotional Intelligence?
Emotional intelligence (EQ) is:
The awareness that emotions can drive our behavior and impact people (positively and negatively)
Learning how to manage those emotions (both our own and those of others)
What Skills Make Up Emotional Intelligence?
EQ is like a "master skill" made of more specific skills that work together!
Self-management – You’re able to control impulsive feelings and behaviors, take initiative, and follow through on commitments.
Self-awareness – You know your strengths and weaknesses, and have self-confidence.
Social awareness – You have empathy. You can understand the emotions, needs, and concerns of other people.
Relationship management – You know how to communicate clearly, inspire and influence others and work well in a team.
Why Is Strong Emotional Intelligence Important?
Strong EQ can lead you to:
Build stronger relationships
Foster team success at school or work
Achieve your career and personal goals
Improve your empathy skills
Keep cool under pressure
Examine how you react to stressful situations and take responsibility
Make better decisions and solve problems
Listen, reflect, and respond to constructive criticism
Which team member is not demonstrating high EQ?
Aja: Practicing positive self-talk
Milo: Understanding his weaknesses
Emily: Showing empathy to a coworker
The best part is that you can work on improving your EQ if you're aware that there is room for improvement!
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