Reconnect With Your EQ
By Anna Jankovich-Troubetzkoi, Contributor
Be honest. On a scale of 1-10, how do you rate your listening, curiosity, empathy, self-management or self-awareness?
Without a doubt, you are where you are today because of your experiences, skills, successes, knowledge, risks, strategies and so on. However, you are most likely really there because of the team who supports you to get your job done. So how do you empower them?
You can only empower others if you empower yourself by reconnecting with your emotional intelligence (EQ). In a nutshell, EQ is about how well individuals identify and manage their own emotions and react to the emotions of others. It’s understanding how those emotions shape your thinking and actions so that you have a greater control over your own behavior and develop the skills to manage yourself more effectively, both at work and at home.
So how can you reconnect with your EQ based on the selected ratings above?
- Listen to others without interruption. Stop thinking what you would do differently or what question you will ask next
- Be curious. Asking open-ended questions of others gives you new insights and makes the other person feel worthy and heard
- Be self-aware. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Work on them to perform better. Pay attention to you behave and the impact it has on you and others
How can you increase your EQ rating to a 10 and empower yourself and others around you?