Are You Emotionally Influential?
Emotional Intelligence can matter more than IQ to help you have the right degree of emotion, at the right time, for the right reason and for the right duration. Allowing you to communicate clearly, read other people, and resolve conflicts.
If you are caught in a behavioural circle where things go from bad to worse, developing better emotional skills for the future can help you feel good and be smarter.
Mental toughness requires emotional intelligence. For some of you Emotional Intelligence is genetic, but you could still buff up. It is not a solution to all life’s problems but an eye opener of how people get overtaken by their emotions, self development or just understanding a fellow human being. Integrating your thinking, feeling and doing to understand how to be smarter in leadership, is a key to emotional intelligence for faster success in life both professionally & personally.
How Is It Even Possible?
Nelson Mandela who passed away on December 5, 2013 at 95 years old was an extraordinary example of resilience. Imagine being sentenced to life imprisonment for anti apartheid activities, living in a prison cell 8ft by 7ft, only allowed to write one letter & receive one visit every 6 months, but retaining a friendly, polite & relaxed demeanour, still perusing humanitarian efforts in the face of such opposition. Now that requires emotional intelligence!
The ability to measure Emotional Intelligence has been criticised, that emotions can’t be recognised as a form of intelligence, having little predictive value. It may be difficult to measure, however the passing of one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen, makes us all want to honour this kind of legacy. Instead Mandela was the first black South African president & a Nobel Peace Prize Winner. Highlighting the ability to triumph emotionally when he could of easily just thrown in the towel.
3 Tips For Faster Success
Perceiving Emotions: The basis of emotional intelligence is to detect & decipher emotions through facial expressions, tone of voice, body language or cultural norms. Having the ability to perceive others emotions & your own emotions form the foundation of emotional intelligence. Harness your emotions to facilitate thinking & problem solving to make better decisions as a leader.
Self Awareness: knowing your own thoughts, feelings, strengths, weaknesses, goals, drives & values will help you to recognise your impact on others, managing relationships to move people in the desired direction. ‘Gut Feelings’ will guide your decisions, but don’t be too impulsive. Test your gut feelings. You do not have to react, taking time to respond can be helpful. Allowing you to test your gut feeling to see if you are right.
Self Regulation: Control or redirect one’s disruptive emotions and impulses, adapting to changing circumstances. The ability to regulate emotions in both ourselves and in others. Therefore, the emotionally intelligent person can harness emotions, even negative ones, and manage them to achieve intended goals.
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