NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE:
Do you have emotional intelligence? Some people are born with it, but others have to work to develop it. Either way, emotional intelligence can affect your career.
John Keyser of Common Sense Leadership defines emotional intelligence on The Glass Hammer blog as thatsomethingwithin us that helps us sense how we feel, enables us to sympathize with others, and gives us the ability to listen to other people when they need it. Emotional intelligence encourages us to make good decisions and communicate effectively despite negative emotions and stress.
John explains there are four primary skills of emotional intelligence that you can cultivate along with your career:
- Self-awareness: Our ability to perceive our emotions and understand our tendencies to act in certain ways in given situations
- Social awareness: Our ability to understand the emotions of other people — what they are thinking and feeling
- Self-management: Our ability to use awareness of our emotions to stay flexible and direct our behavior positively
- Relationship management: Our ability to use our awareness of our own emotions and those of others to manage interactions successfully