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10 Ways to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

https://www.inc.com/young-entrepreneur-council/10-ways-to-increase-your-emotional-intelligence.html

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10 Ways to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence, or EQ, continues to be an increasingly popular skill to have in the professional world. Many may be wondering why emotional intelligence continues to increase in importance among peers in an evolving workplace. Simply put, emotional intelligence is not a trend.

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Use assertive communication

Use assertive communication

Assertive communication allows us to take responsibility for ourselves and our actions without judging or blaming other people.

Emotionally intelligent people know how to communicate their opinions and needs in a direct way while still respecting others.

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Respond instead of reacting

Respond instead of reacting

The emotionally intelligent person knows how to stay calm during stressful situations. 

They don't make impulsive decisions and understand that in times of conflict the goal is a resolution.

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Utilize active listening skills

Utilize active listening skills

Emotionally intelligent people make sure they understand what is being said before responding. 

They also pay attention to the nonverbal details of a conversation. This prevents misunderstandings, allows the listener to respond properly and shows respect for the person they are speaking to.

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Be motivated

Be motivated

Emotionally intelligent people are self-motivated and their attitude motivates others. 

They set goals and are resilient in the face of challenges.

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Maintain a positive attitude

Maintain a positive attitude

Emotionally intelligent people have an awareness of the moods of those around them and guard their attitude accordingly. 

They know what they need to do in order to have a good day and an optimistic outlook.

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Practice self-awareness

Practice self-awareness

Emotionally intelligent people are aware of their own emotions and how they can affect those around them. 

They also pick up on others' emotions and body language and use that information to enhance their communication skills.

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Take critique well

Take critique well

Emotionally intelligent people don't get offended or defensive when facing criticism.

They take a few moments to understand where the critique is coming from, how it is affecting others or their own performance and how they can constructively resolve any issues.

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Empathize with others

Empathize with others

Emotionally intelligent people understand that empathy is a trait that shows emotional strength, not weakness. 

Empathy helps them to relate to others on a basic human level and opens the door for mutual understanding between people.

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Utilize leadership skills

Utilize leadership skills

Emotionally intelligent people have high standards for themselves and set an example for others to follow. 

They take initiative and have great decision making and problem-solving skills. 

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Be approachable and sociable

Be approachable and sociable

Emotionally intelligent people come off as approachable, because they give off a positive presence. 

They smile, have great interpersonal skills and know how to communicate clearly, whether the communication is verbal or nonverbal.

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Emotional Intelligence (EI)

Emotional Intelligence (EI)

EI means the mastery of emotional competencies. 

That includes self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

Questions to Measure EI in interviews

  • How do you establish trust? An environment with trust promotes higher working engagement
  • If you worked for your top competitor, how would you beat yourself?  This question could show the candidate's ability to put the good of the organization ahead their own pride.
  • Can you use a belief statement to explain the value of what we offer? Ask a belief statement that gets at the heart of what an organization or team offers.

Emotional intelligence

EQ is the ability to objectively assess one’s own emotional state, avoid becoming emotionally compromised, being attentive to the emotional states of others, and being able to use all of this to...

Emotional intelligence and success

EQ relates to many skills crucial for long-term success:

  • Perseverance: not being brought low by a single setback;
  • Social perception: being able to understand and empathize with others;
  • Communication: the ability to talk with and understand others clearly and concisely;
  • Persuasion: being able to convince others to follow a course of action or cooperate; and
  • Cooperation: the willingness and ability to effectively work with others for the good of the team.

EQ and leadership

To effectively lead others and meet long-term goals (such as improving sustainability), leaders need to be able to influence others and get them to commit to a course of action. 

Without the ability to understand and engage with others on an emotional level, leaders are not as effective at producing results for the organization as a whole.

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Emotional Intelligence Matters

EQ is not only the ability to identify and manage your own emotions, but it’s also the ability to recognize the emotions of others.

Manage your negative emotions

When you’re able to manage and reduce your negative emotions, you’re less likely to get overwhelmed. 

If someone is upsetting you, don’t jump to conclusions. Instead, allow yourself to look at the situation in a variety of ways. Try to look at things objectively so you don’t get riled up as easily. 

Be mindful of your vocabulary

Emotionally intelligent people tend to use more specific words that can help communicate deficiencies, and then they immediately work to address them.