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Emotional Intelligence

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What is Emotional Intelligence?

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Various Perspectives on Emotional Intelligence

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Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize the emotions of yourself and others around you, manage for potential affects of your emotions on others, and consider all of the emotions in relations and in decision making and problem solving. Emotional intelligence is a critical ingredient in self-leadership and in leadership of others and it requires one to be self-aware and have strong empathy for others.

What is Emotional Intelligence?

© Copyright Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD, Authenticity Consulting, LLC

  1. There are different definitions for emotional intelligence (EI), but it is probably fair to generalize that it is the ability to recognize our emotions and then manage our responses to those emotions in a manner that enhances our health and relationships with others. There are some basic guidelines that might be useful in enhancing your own EI. Consider the following basic guidelines:
  2. Notice how you are feeling and be able to name the emotion, for example, mad, glad, sad or bad. Be careful not to get confused between your thoughts and feelings. Notice the difference between and then use “I feel …” and “I think …” statements.
  3. Notice how you judge those emotions, for example, you might believe that “it is scary and bad to feel angry.”
  4. Notice what situations typically evoke those emotions in you.
  5. Notice the difference between your emotions and your outward responses to those emotions – what others would see you do and say. Ask yourself how you choose to feel about something and whether your behavior is aligned with that choice.
  6. Realize that it is OK to have strong emotional reactions. It is what you do with those emotions that can be a problem for you and others.
  7. Notice how long you retain those emotions. What changes them?
  8. Notice what makes you happy and plan for those situations on a regular basis.
  9. Notice how you make conclusions about other peoples’ feelings. What are they doing or saying?

Test - What is Your Own Emotional Intelligence Level?

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So what do you want to improve? Consider the many guidelines in the following articles.

Various Perspectives on Emotional Intelligence

Life Lessons: Emails and Emotional Intelligence
The Value of Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
50 tips for improving your emotional intelligence
Six Seconds:Emotional Intelligence Network
Report on the Emotional Intelligence and the Internet
Deepening Our Discipline
A Heart Leaders Slant on Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in the Workplace
Caring Enough to Confront
Celebrate What's Right
The Egoectomy Procedure
The Seven Universal Emotions
Emotional Intelligence: Do You Have It? Part 1
Emotional Intelligence: Do You Have It? Part 2

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Stress Management
Work-Life Balance

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