To survive the cutting edge competition and do exceedingly well in the corporate environment it is extremely imperative to be emotionally intelligent professional. This was a term introduced by Daniel Goleman in 1995. It matters more than IQ and is referred to as EQ (Emotional Quotient) or EIQ (Emotional Intelligent Quotient). It induces the capability to understand your own emotions and ability to tweak it in the light of changing situation (time or people) to achieve one’s goal(s).
Ways to develop Emotional Intelligence –
Self-Awareness – Knowing your own emotional state of mind and learning how to manage it.
Channelizing your Emotions – Channelize your negative emotions. Understanding how you are feeling, deciding if that is appropriate and act accordingly.
Recognize the emotions of others – You can do this by connecting and empathizing with others. Lot of people get confused between empathy and sympathy. Empathy is an ability to feel how other person is feeling. It is to understand and experience their emotions. Emotional Intelligence is a way to manage your own emotions as well as the emotions of others. Empathy and emotional intelligence help you foster long lasting relationships. Together they are the foundation of trust.
Emotional Intelligence can be used in any and every situation, for example –
Giving and receiving feedback.
Dealing with challenging colleagues.
Dealing with change
Emotional Intelligence helps you –
Unleash your true potential.
Improve the quality of relationships at work place and build a sense of responsibility and accountability.
Helps you evolve as a Leader.
It is a scientific fact that emotions precede thoughts. They change the way our brain functions, diminishing our cognitive abilities(CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), decision making power and interpersonal skills.
Hence remember three things – Manage, Connect and Influence in a positive way.