Hey, everybody, I hope this video finds you well, as always.
Over the weekend, I read a really interesting article on something called emotional intelligence, and I’ll readily admit I had heard the buzzword a hundred times and never took the time to figure it out or understand what it meant or understand the impact it could have on me and my team.
Really good article. And I thought I would share just a few tidbits from what I read.
So first of all, if I define emotional intelligence as defined by the Harvard Business School, there are four main elements,and those elements are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management. And yeah, those are some pretty obvious themes.
But where the article started to speak about was understanding and being introspective on your own strengths and weaknesses in each one of those categories.
And I’ll give you a great example of just one: social awareness. How many times have you sat through a presentation where the presenter isn’t paying attention to the crowd at all? It’s almost like a monologue. And if it’s not, it’s just one person talking and they’re not reading the room, whether people are on their phones or just not paying attention or they are paying attention.
That social awareness, if you understand you’re not capturing the room, maybe you shouldn’t be the one presenting. One small idea when it comes to emotional intelligence. And again, I didn’t know it very well.
So I tell you to seek out some information on emotional intelligence and be willing to be introspective. What are the strengths that I have and what are the weaknesses? And be honest with yourself. If you’ve got an ego admit you got an ego, and sometimes that might dominate the room.
And the more you understand about your own emotional intelligence in those four areas, the more collaboration, the more performance and I think the better you’ll feel overall in the workplace.
So get to know emotional intelligence.
I wish you luck.