“Emotional intelligence” is the skill of understanding and managing your emotions and also understanding the emotions of those around you,” says executive coach, consultant and speaker Irene Becker, who works with clients worldwide. “High emotional intelligence is reflected in self-awareness, self-management, motivation, empathy and social/communication skills.”
We have all had our emotional well-being disrupted by irritation, helplessness or worry. This could come in the form of comparing ourselves to our neighbors, colleagues, or even our favorite celebrity. Or we might have such an extreme fear of failure or potential embarrassment that we are paralyzed from starting an activity or project. Another common worry, especially with social media today, is being good enough—in what we do, where we live or how we look. When you experience this, it can often feel impossible to move on or find a solution. This is completely natural and there are strategies for developing our emotional intelligence as well as many benefits.