Emotional Intelligence Has 12 Elements. Which Do You Need to Work On?

Emotional intelligence has many aspects. People with a high degree of emotional intelligence tend to be sociable, likeable and intuitive. However, it isn’t all about touchy feely abilities. One aspect of emotional intelligence that gets overlooked is the ability to tell hard truths to those around us. Conflict management capability is an aspect of emotional intelligence that is definitely not about hand-holding. Another thing aspect of emotional intelligence is the ability to inspire via leadership, which actually cuts to the core of what qualities there are to an emotionally intelligent person, since achieving balanced leadership requires all of the strengths of an emotionally intelligent person. Such a person has organizational awareness and also self-awareness. They possess self-control, adaptability, empathy, the ability to go after goals and remain positive in their focus and the ability to influence others nd promote teamwork.

Reflect on these key points:

  • 1Emotional intelligence encompasses awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management.
  • 2It’s unfortunate, yet a boss with great empathic skill and social awareness can still fail because of inability to relate hard truths to a subordinate.
  • 3Besides the ability to bond and mentor, an emotionally intelligent person should be able to inspire with their leadership and manage conflict.

“A recent HBR article highlights the skills that a kind, positive manager like Esther may lack: the ability to deliver difficult feedback to employees, the courage to ruffle feathers and drive change, the creativity to think outside the box.”

Read the full story: https://hbr.org/2017/02/emotional-intelligence-has-12-elements-which-do-you-need-to-work-on