Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and those of others, and is pivotal in professional relationships and interpersonal communications. It is associated with the ability to make the right decisions and problem-solving. This skill is not only for leaders but is important for employees,students, clients, parents – everyone! Improving one’s emotional intelligence is guaranteed to make life easier, happier, and improve one’s health.
Emotional intelligence is necessary to fuel performance both in the workplace and in your personal life, but it begins with you. If you are positive, calm, and composed, you can easily change the energy of any place and people will notice and respond accordingly. By displaying confidence, empathy, and positivity with your social and communication skills, you can easily build success in all areas of your life. No matter where you work or what position you have, improved emotional intelligence will make managing a team of 2 to 200 (or more) people easier for you. Additionally, utilizing EI in your personal life, allows you to effectively manage your own emotions and eliminate negative communication patterns, transforming your life completely.
How to develop emotional intelligence?
There are countless ways to develop emotional intelligence, so check out a few techniques below and get ready to develop EI skills to build and maintain cordial and professional working relationships.
Listen to others carefully
To become a better speaker and decision-maker, it is important to be an active listener by being involved and engaged in what the other person is saying. By calm and attentive listening to others, you can hear what is being said, allow the speaker to feel heard and build trust. When everyone starts listening to one another, it’s much simpler to reach a constructive decision together.
Improve your communication skill
There are three different types of communication skills: Verbal, non-verbal and written. Words and tone of voice matter, and so does body language. Raising your voice to express your opinion strongly will not help to get the message across.it will do the opposite. Speaking intelligently, kindly and confidently will help you to deliver your message in the correct way.
Be aware of your emotional triggers
It is highly important to learn how to manage our own emotions. You should identify your triggers and work at your best to control them. Being less aggressive will help you to communicate well and people will start listening to you instead of judging you.
See where you have room for improvement
Being intellectually capable is important in life, but being emotionally capable is just as important. People used to think of intelligence and emotions as opposite, however, when we interlock the two, it becomes emotional intelligence. The ways that thinking and emotions interact influences the way we act and make decisions. Pay attention to your thoughts and how they influence your behaviors and emotions and look for areas of improvement.