Workplace Emotional Intelligence is the ability to recognize, understand, and manage our own emotions and those of others. It means being aware that your emotions can have an impact on others in a negative or positive manner; and understanding how to manage those emotions under stress and pressure. Use your emotional information to guide your thinking and behavior.
Why is Emotional Intelligence receiving so much press in the workplace?
Simply put, experts in the field claim that having a high level of emotional intelligence will make you an overall better employee and one that is good for company culture. Being able to understand, recognize, and effectively manage both positive and negative emotions will help your interactions with clients, teammates, workmates and give you a higher performance success rate on the job.
“Workers with high EQ are better able to work in teams, adjust to change and be flexible. No matter how many degrees or other on-paper qualifications a person has, if he or she doesn’t have certain emotional qualities, he or she is unlikely to succeed. As the workplace continues to evolve, making room for new technologies and innovations, these qualities may become increasingly important.” – Mariah DeLeon, VP People Glassdoor
Why is strengthening your EI skills important?
Aside from understanding that being more emotionally intelligent can make you an overall better person and workmate, having high EI skills will help you connect with others on a whole new level. I think it’s safe to say that we all know someone and possibly worked with someone who would score a zero on the EI test. It’s not good for company culture and we all know that company culture can make or break an organization.
By now you are probably wondering what skills are deemed as high EI skills. Below are five key elements from Daniel Goleman, an American psychologist who helped to popularize emotional intelligence.
Do you possess all, a few, or none of these skills?
- Self-awareness – Always understanding how you feel and knowing how your emotions and your actions can affect the people around you.
- Self-regulation – Self-regulation is all about staying in control emotionally. You can keep those emotions in check no matter how good or bad the situation may be at the time.
- Motivation – You are a self-starter and work hard to reach your goals. You set the bar high for yourself and for others. It’s easy to spot someone that is highly motivated. Early to work, eager to help the team, and willing to do what it takes to get the job done. No excuses.
- Empathy – Having the mindset to put yourself in someone else’s situation.
- Social skills – Two words for this skill. Great Communicator. A skill that unfortunately not all possess but one that is critical in a leadership role or any relationship for that matter.
Ask yourself which of these skills you need to work on to be a better person. Not only so you can pass the Emotional Intelligence test, but to become an overall better person and workmate. There might be something to this Emotional Intelligence hype. What do you think? Are you up for the challenge?
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