Day in and day out, we are fed the belief that our intelligence quotient (IQ) is the fundamental deciding factor of our ability to thrive in the personal and business world. Semagie is here to tell you differently. When it comes to improving on your successes and achieving an overall higher degree of happiness and productivity, a command of emotional intelligence is as valuable an asset as the rigid statistic of an IQ.
With this in mind, you might be wondering, “Is it possible to enhance or improve upon emotional intelligence on an individual or collective basis?” Thankfully, the answer is an emphatical, "Yes". Here are ways you can nurture yours to crystalize your business ambitions into a series of winning performances.
What is Emotional Intelligence and Why is it Important?
Emotional intelligence (EI) designates the capability to recognize, utilize, and employ your own emotions in ways that can:
It helps you build lasting relationships, flourish at school and work, and realize career and personal goals. EI can also help you to connect with your feelings, bring action from intention, and help you make more informed decisions about what matters to you.
A strong IQ might come in handy during a standardized test or a college application process, but it’s a strong EI that helps you maintain your social, mental, and physical health in the face of the stress that often accompanies those tasks. IQ will help devise a novel technology. EI will help build a network of dependable and creative individuals to implement it.
We are told that the “brains” of the operation is the foundation, but in reality, that is only true if it is collaborating with the “heart”. In other words, IQ and EI work best when neither has a monopoly in the workplace and are instead functioning in tandem.
Enhancing Your EI
Employing EI in your personal and business decisions will help marry your emotivators to your ambitions, convictions, and strengths. What’s more, tactful use of an individual EI in social and business situations can help enhance collective EI among those involved. It’s little wonder then that there is great virtue in nurturing emotional intelligence. The question, then, becomes how to do it. Here are some ways to get you started.
Being assertive in your communication - without being over aggressive - will help you clearly define your goals, needs, and beliefs to you and those around you. People with strong emotional intelligence know how to share their opinions honestly while respecting their fellow cohorts.
When in a conversation, listening actively (as opposed to simply waiting to speak) will help ensure that your response is coming from a place of understanding. This prevents miscommunications and can help generate mutual respect between all parties involved.
It can be detrimental to underestimate the power of your attitude and the ways it can be broadcasted to others. Maintaining an optimist’s mindset in the face of stresses or concerns can go a long way to fortifying the morale of those around you.
Maybe not “crave”, but those that are unwilling to hear an outside critical perspective on their actions are unlikely to ever change them. Instead of responding to constructive criticism with offense or contempt, try to understand where it is coming from, why it is being shared now, and how your actions could be affecting those around you and their performance.
Emotionally intelligent people understand that empathy is a trait that shows emotional strength, not weakness. Empathy helps you to relate to others on a basic human level. It opens the door for mutual respect and understanding between people with differing opinions, situations, and goals.
Need to Enhance Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace? Call Semagie
It’s time to become the change you want to see in the world, and it starts with emotional intelligence training with Semagie. With decades of combined experience in cultivating and delivering ground-breaking training to businesses, we are eager to help you make your world a better place. To learn more about our live, game-based, and blended learning training services, contact us at (305) 853-9082.