Emotional intelligence is increasingly becoming mainstream importance in relationships. Defined by helpguide.org as the “ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict,” emotional intelligence centres in reading emotions in guiding your relationships with others.
The trick is to develop emotional self-awareness.
We’ve all been there when projects don’t quite go to plan or a challenging email lands in the inbox. In these moments, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and emotionally stressed.
These feelings always have a trigger, which we as individuals are able to control – how well you manage them depends on your own emotional self-awareness.
Forrest Gump is known for the famous line, “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” The same is true for bosses. Anytime anyone accepts a position, they never really know what they’re going to get.
To really find out whether you have a good boss or not, a quick exercise in assessing your boss’s current emotional competencies against bosses with high emotional intelligence (EQ) is in order.
Even though self-awareness – knowing who we are and how we’re seen – is important for job performance, career success, and leadership effectiveness, it’s in remarkably short supply in today’s workplace. In a Harvard Business Review study, it was discovered that although 95% of people think they’re self-aware, only 10 to 15% actually are.
As most of us are in lockdown at home, we are left to wonder what a post-coronavirus-world might look like. There’s a lot unknown about how the world will transform after we get the novel coronavirus under control, but it is extremely unlikely that things will just go back to exactly the way they were before. Our workplaces are likely to change, and with it, the skills companies will require. Here are 8 job skills that are likely to be in high demand in a post-coronavirus world. [Read more…]