“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.
Research has shown that those with higher levels of emotional intelligence enjoy more satisfying and successful careers and relationships.
People with higher emotional intelligence find it easier to form and maintain interpersonal relationships and to ‘fit in’ to group situations. They are also better at understanding their own psychological state, managing stress more effectively and are less likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.
In today’s workplace, effective, successful leaders who cultivate emotional intelligence skills are better able to influence productivity, efficiency and team collaboration. In addition, they use more effective communication skills and have improved ability to handle conflicts and offer resolution.
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