What is Emotional Intelligence?
There are several definitions of emotional intelligence all with fairly slight variations. I define emotional intelligence as the ability to recognize, understand and manage your own feelings, while also being able to understand and manage others’ feelings. The secondary part of this is your ability to use this information to create positive outcomes and develop healthy relationships.
Why Does It Matter?
Research has demonstrated a clear advantage for leaders who are high in emotional intelligence in many areas, including performance, joy and relationships. Yet, many leaders have not been given the resources to master the application of emotional intelligence in the workplace, especially during times of chaos and challenge. There are 18 leadership competencies that have been identified for the high-performing, emotionally intelligent leader. They fall within the four quadrants of emotional intelligence as first outlined by Daniel Goleman.
Here are a few core questions to consider when evaluating your emotional intelligence: