What is it and how do we improve it?
We are all unique, all of our personalities are different and we have differing wants and needs.
Some people have the ability to make you feel at ease as soon as you meet them, in any situation, either social or professional.
Others, not so much.
Who are the people who we’re inclined to feel at ease with, and who we find ourselves gravitating toward?
They tend to be people with a great deal of emotional intelligence.
Emotional intelligence (EI), regarded as being more important than IQ, is a complex quality. However, it can be learned.
EI is key to relating well to others; awareness of your own actions and feelings and how they affect others.
It definitely helps you to go through life more easily than someone who is quick to anger, gets upset or refuses to view themselves honestly.
The ability to identify and therefore understand your emotions
Knowing how to manage your emotions in a positive way in order to
- relieve stress
- communicate effectively
- diffuse conflicts
The ability to recognise what others are experiencing emotionally. It therefore allows you to understand and manage relationships effectively.
A process that, although non-verbal, will inform your thinking and influence how you connect.
There are several elements that define emotional intelligence:
Being honest with yourself and acknowledging your strengths and weaknesses.
Understand your own emotions and therefore trust your intuition.
Be in control yourself rather than controlled by your feelings.
Be able to control your emotions and consequently resist being impulsive.
People who self-regulate will think before acting, don’t jump in with both feet and learn how to say no.
Learning how to identify the wants and needs of others is especially relevant . People with empathy don’t rush to judge or stereotype.
Be able to recognise the feelings of others helps relationship skills.
A high level of motivation leads to being productive, effective, hence able to enjoy life’s challenges.
People with strong social skills are easy to talk to. People with good social skills find the building and maintaining of relationships easy and pleasurable.
They are keen to develop others and view a team achievement as more important than their own individual success.
How can you improve your Emotional Intelligence?
Pay attention to your emotions, they are valid. Learn to recognise them.
When you make decisions, integrate your emotions into the process.
Be present. Be here. Don’t plan ahead or look behind.
Be aware of your body language and the signals you send others.