If you consider yourself an emotional person, you may say yes to this question. However there is a difference between being emotional, and possessing emotional intelligence.
Being emotional describes a person having and expressing strong feelings.
Emotional intelligence takes things a step further and is ability to identify and manage your emotions understanging the emotions of those around you.
So how do you do it?
Here are 3 skills you can work on to improve your emotional intelligence. Keep in mind these can apply in most situations whether the relationship is romantic, professional or platonic. Practicing these 3 things will help you no matter the circle you find yourself.
- Emotional awareness or Empathy. Being able to pick up on someone else’s emotions, understand what emotion they are feeling and why they might be feeling that right now.
- The ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks. For instance if someone is anxious because they have an important meeting coming up. It might be helpful to give them a small project to work on where they can focus that anxious energy on something else. This helps to get their mind off of the meeting for a short time while still being productive.
- The ability to manage emotions, which includes regulating your own as well as being able to cheer up or calm down others. This is a great skill to learn especially if you want to be in a leadership position. The ability to manage your emotions is key to setting the tone for meetings, projects and general morale of your team.
Of course a proactive approach is needed. We recommend taking a course and have your team leaders subscribe to one of our plans. Click here to compare our plans. To save costs per employee, we have 5 and 10 employee subscription programs. If you need more, contact us to prepare a custom plan.