We probably all know people, either at work or in our personal lives, who are really good listeners.
No matter what kind of situation we're in, they always seem to know just what to say – and how to say it – so that we're not offended or upset.
These people have high Emotional Intelligence. Your Emotional Intelligence or EQ is just as important as your Cognitive Intelligence (IQ). Emotional intelligence refers to your ability to recognize and regulate emotion and to use social awareness in problem-solving.
Having high EQ fuels your performance both in the workplace and in your personal life, but it starts with you. Fortunately, it is something you can learn and we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of tips to help you explore your own level of emotional intelligence
Here are a few ways to help strengthen and improve your emotional intelligence.
1. Practice observing how you feel.
Often we lead hectic, busy lifestyles and it’s all too easy for us to lose touch with our emotions. To reconnect, try setting a timer for various points during the day. Then stop and observe how you are feeling during that specific time. This is a great exercise to understand yourself and your emotions.
2. Do a self-evaluation regularly.
What are your weaknesses? Are you willing to accept that you're not perfect and that you could work on some areas to make yourself a better person?
3. Take responsibility for your actions.
If you hurt someone's feelings, apologize directly – don't ignore what you did or avoid the person.
4. Question your own opinions.
This will help you understand other people and be more receptive to new ideas.
5. Communicate assertively.
Emotionally intelligent people know how to communicate their opinions and needs in a direct way while still respecting others.
Improving your EQ is not done overnight. Understand and remember that emotional intelligence is something you develop and requires continual improvement; it’s very much a lifetime practice. Take one small step each day to improve your EQ and you'll be able to see the compound effects when done consistently. If you are in need of help getting in touch and better understanding your emotions, feel free to reach out.