What is Emotional Intelligence and Why You Need to Sharpen It

The Wikipedia definition of emotional intelligence reads something like this:

The capability of individuals to recognize their own emotions and those of others, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or achieve one's goal.

That is a lot of definition to wrap your head around…literally.  How many times have you thought, “I wish I were happier at work”?  Chances are, your “unhappiness” is related to some sort of emotion.  So, how can we use emotional intelligence in the workplace to make us happier?  Here are a few ideas:

1.    Hold on to your power!  Remember that in every circumstance you have a choice even if that choice is to stay in a job you do not enjoy in order to support your family.  Give yourself credit for making that choice.  You may choose to make a different choice in the future, but own your choices in the present.

2.   Build strong, honest relationships.  Building relationships at work create an amazing amount of success.  Emotional intelligence allows you to do this.

3.   Your attitude matters!  We can use emotional intelligence to examine our own reactions to situations, learn from them, and adjust them going forward for better outcomes.

4.   Seeing opportunities.  Allowing our minds to remain open to change allows us to clearly see opportunities that are otherwise not apparent to others.

5.   You don’t always have to be right!  There are times when preserving the relationship is more important than proving that we are right.  This is a very powerful message.

If you want to learn how to improve your emotional intelligence, I can help you!  Call on me!