Now that we’ve determined the relative value and effectiveness of nurturing and employing emotional intelligence (EQ) in both business and personal contexts, and that there is an emotional component behind most of the things that will make or break employees’ and leaders’ success, it’s time to more acutely explore methods through which your EQ can be maximized. Below we’ve outlined three majorly effective ways of enhancing emotional intelligence.
Empathy, or the ability to understand and share the feelings of another, is a fundamental skill that anyone with a strong command of emotional intelligence practices daily. There are ways one can work on their ability to empathize.
Reflect on Your Own Emotions
A strong understanding of your own feelings, why they arise and where they come from, will greatly strengthen your ability to do the same with others.
Ask Others for Their Perspective
Whether about your actions, the actions of another, or an interpretation of an event or occurrence, receiving another’s perspective will help you to see things more like others see them. This will, in turn, help you to understand others better, too. You can then use that knowledge to adjust your dealings accordingly.
Suspend (Temporarily) Your Critiques and Reactions to Critiques
Though it is difficult, doing this can better help us listen honestly and faithfully, thus opening up more space for varied and shared interests, values, and interpretations.
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
Clear, honest, and confident communication is a key activity to engage in when working to amplify emotional intelligence. If you are great at listening and understanding the perspectives of others, but have trouble dynamically asserting your desires, needs, and values, then your command of EQ is not properly balanced. People with strong emotional intelligence know how to share their opinions honestly while respecting their fellow cohorts. A few tips for improving your communications skills are –
Display Confidence: Being clear and certain in your delivery helps ensure that those around you take seriously your thoughts, words, and advice.
Simply Your Vocabulary: Using ambiguous or vague terms often leads to misinterpretation and miscommunication. To ensure that everyone is on the same page when sharing feelings or ideas, it’s wise to use words that are commonly understood by everyone.
Listen: Easily one of the most important aspects of effective communication is the ability to listen. If you’re ever only thinking about how you plan to respond, you’re unlikely to create an open space for discussion.
Use Gamified Learning
There’s a likelihood one might hear the phrase ‘gamified learning’ and be slightly confused, left asking “what does it mean?”. In simple terms, gamified learning (or gamification) is the process of defining the elements and mechanics which comprise games that make those games fun and motivate players to continue playing and using those same elements in a non-game context to influence behavior and stimulate. Basically, it is the introduction of game elements in a non-game situation.
So, how does a gamification program encourage EQ growth? Well, in contrast to more traditional, antiquated forms of training and team building, gamification places focus not only on the skills required for success in a job, but also on the behaviors. Often individuals are hired for their skills (intelligence) and let go for their behavior (emotional make-up). Placing gamification methodology at the center of your business models or interpersonal development strategies gives you the best of both worlds.
Through dynamics such as making learning more palpable, offering a forgiving learning environment, giving individuals ownership of their learning, providing opportunities for identity work through taking on alternate selves, and just generally making more space for fun and joy, gamification generates scenarios where individuals are asked to engage in both skill-oriented and social, emotional goals paramount to strong leadership and its development.
Maximize Your EQ with Semagie
As a ground-breaker, you know what it means to constantly improve, enhance, and maximize your creative, professional, and inspirational capabilities. As experts with years of experience, we know that doing so requires simultaneously maximizing your control of emotional intelligence, and we know how to help. Just ask our clients.
Through our corporate and education-minded training services, it’s time you considered immersing yourself in the future of cognitive and emotive intellectual enhancement. To learn more about our products and services, call (305) 853-9082 or visit us online to find a program that’s right for you.