Here’s another first! You may remember this introduction and invitation.
Linda responded with, “I want to respond, but I have never written a blog, and I do not know what to write about???”. I replied with, “Just what is Emotional Intelligence, anyway?”
Herewith her response and consequently her first blog post.
You are at the beach and now. I am also at the beach with some time to collect my thoughts about being a guest blogger. I am responding to a question that you sent by e-mail that many professionals may wonder about:
“just what is emotional intelligence, anyway?”
Over the past 25 years, much research has taken place to try and identify what makes top performers in the workplace. What makes one person succeed while another with the same intellect, training and experience doesn’t fare as well? These “soft skills” or lack of them, can make or break a professional’s career.
When we were in Kindergarten, the most important task for us to learn, was “to work well and play well with others.” If we could do that, we would make friends more easily and have more play-dates. Our teacher would also be happy. Maybe she would call on us more, give us more privileges and refer us on to a great first grade teacher! When we become adults, this “ability to manage ourselves and our relationship with others” is extremely important, because we are constantly exposed to new challenges and life experiences, and if our EQ competencies are highly developed, then we can meet these tests in a productive and positive manner.
There are different models for Emotional Intelligence depending on the expert you refer to. The 5 areas that have been identified that are essential to our ability to be effective leaders are:
1. Self- Awareness and Control
3. Social Expertness
4. Personal Influence
5. Personal Mastery and Vision
I must give credit to Adele Lynn from Lynn Learning Labs, who trained and certified me. Adele’s model incorporates Vision and Purpose, which is an essential quality that all leaders must possess in order to be successful.
A professional who has developed their EQ competencies, will be able to build trust, improve their performance and ultimately increase their business results.
Hope this answers your question.
Linda Cohan MSW,CSC