Emotional Intelligence

For the reading this week, we read about the importance of emotional intelligence and what kinds of things are able to be seen in a team that is emotionally intelligent. Emotional intelligence is described by Dr. Annie McKee as the ability of an individual to “accurately read and understand the needs, motivations, beliefs and desires of others”. This is so incredibly important in a team because without these qualities, the team could quickly fall apart and go into another storming phase. An example of how something like this would play out is if a person on the team is just having a rough day or is feeling sick, so they seem grumpier than usual. With proper emotional intelligence, a team should be able to fall back and try to help their teammate out so they can get through the day and work to the peak efficiency that they can reach in their state. Without emotional intelligence, however, the team member would be completely oblivious, and things they normally do may start to irritate the other person, leading to hindrances in the production cycle. This can also be seen in an interview with Dr Daniel Goleman, who says that emotional intelligence matters more than IQ. Through his research, he has found that while IQ determines what kind of job you can get and hold, it is your emotional intelligence which tells you how well you will do in your career. This makes perfect sense because to move up the ladder and become more successful in your career, you have to have the motivations as well as the social capabilities to become a leader. A good leader will be able to tell how others are feeling at any certain moment, and can adapt their leadership style to be more accommodating towards them, but they will also have the ability to understand their own emotions, knowing when to keep going and when to take a step back and try to catch their breath to work better later on. With emotionally intelligent leaders and workers, a business will be able to flourish due to a more creative, talented, and productive workforce. Because a major part of being emotionally intelligent is knowing yourself really well and knowing your own strengths and weaknesses, I foresee myself looking back at my strengths quest again to understand my strengths better so as to be able to make the most of them, and make sure I can find ways or people to help me handle my weaknesses. I will also try to be much more observant of the people around me, as well as how they are feeling. I feel like while I am already a very empathetic person, as my strengths reflect, I could always do better. I also believe that these kinds of things do come with a lot of practice, so I fully intend on making use of my newfound knowledge and experience to further hone my leadership skills, as well as my basic interpersonal skills to a much deeper level.

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