What is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional intelligence is all about perceiving your own emotions and the emotions of others.  Then how best to improve and manage them. Emotional Intelligence, or “Ei”  is a well established set of “Competencies” that contribute to leadership performance, engagement and success.

One of the key areas of Emotional Intelligence is Impulse Control.

Be sure to check our EI Training course that covers Impulse control.


How does Impulse Control relate to Emotional Intelligence?

Impulse control is the ability to resist our temptation to act.  When you control your impulse to act on a strong emotion, you are on your way to improved Emotional Intelligence.  How do you act?  Do you plan or act with forethought?  Do you act quickly?

How often have you done something, then, afterwards thought that you should have responded differently?

If you take too long to make a decision, your Impulse Control is too high.  If you make quick decisions and regret them, you Impulse Control is too low.

A few choice quotes go a long way:

  • He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. -Tao Te Ching
  • You can’t always control the wind, but you can control your sails. -Dr. Bob Chope
  • He who angers you conquers you. -Elizabeth Kenny
Are you using Impulse Control?

Impulse Control is operating well when you:

  • Take time to stop & think
  • Control your aggression
  • Negotiate relationships
  • Use problem solving
Impulse Control is low when you:
  • Over-react
  • Act Rashly
  • Lose of self-control
  • Attack others
  • Become Impatient
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