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EQ has an impact in personal and professional success

Posted by | December 26, 2017 | Career, Emotional Intelligence

Via Krugersdorp News : EQ has an impact in personal and professional success

EQ or EI is more than just monitoring your emotions and those of the people around you – self-discovery and empathy are two of the ingredients of Emotional Intelligence.

Emotional Intelligence, known as EI (or EQ, which stands for Emotional Quotient), is the ability to understand the feelings and reactions of yourself and other people, and to make the best decisions for the situation at hand or in problem-solving.

There are people who lead busy lifestyles and go about their daily lives without questioning their behaviour, choices and feelings. Emotionally intelligent people are aware of what they are feeling and why certain things negatively influence their relationships, productiveness, happiness and work environment.

Step Up Education Centre’s co-founder, Cindy Glass, said emotional intelligence is our capacity to be aware of, control and express emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Mastering emotional intelligence skills puts us back in the driving seat – the control panel of our own lives. It is essential if we are to enjoy happier, more fulfilled lives.

“EQ skills include self-regulation, social skills, motivation, empathy and self-awareness. If we consider that every choice we will ever make is based on how we feel about ourselves as a person, and every choice that we make will have a non-negotiable consequence, it stands to reason that it is essential that we master the essential skills of emotional intelligence,” said Cindy.

Nana Moremi from Krugersdorp’s CBD said if she were to define emotional intelligence, she would say it is knowing how to react to her surroundings, while being in control of her emotions.

“I have a good EQ because I do not think with my heart, I use logic while I consider how other people feel and I don’t allow others’ feelings or thoughts to determine my feelings or mood,” explained Nana.

Cindy shared some of her key tips for boosting emotional intelligence skills:

• Own yourself. Recognise your strengths and weaknesses – acknowledge and embrace your inevitable mistakes as learning opportunities.

• Surround yourself with people who build you up, as you aim to build others.

• Be aware that life is full of challenges, and you will come across people who behave in negative self-destructive ways.

• Learn to value yourself, know that whatever you give to others, you give to yourself. If you choose to honour and respect who you are, you will honour and respect the people around you.

• Do not blame others for the choices that you have made. Again, own the mistakes and find positive ways to learn from them.

In conclusion, Cindy said mastering the emotional intelligence skills that will assist us in making better choices is key to achieving personal and career success.

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