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Emotional intelligence habits 



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Emotional intelligence habits 

Maria Karimo 

 

Introduction 

 

Success isn’t solely determined by intelligence or technical skills. Success is recognized more in a way where emotional intelligence plays a bigger role in personal and professional achievements than people realize. I watched a YouTube interview with Dr. Travis Bradberry, an author who wrote a book called “Emotional intelligence habits. In the interview, Dr. Bradberry discusses his early interest in emotional intelligence, the importance of emotional intelligence in personal and professional success, and the impact of emotional intelligence. He talks about how emotional intelligence can be developed and improved over time, and he highlights the four key skill sets of emotional intelligence which are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. He talks about the practical insights and strategies aimed at developing emotional intelligence, a crucial skill for different relationships, communication, team leadership and overall well-being.   

 

At the core of emotional intelligence lies self-awareness. The ability to recognize and understand your own emotions, strengths, weaknesses, values, and triggers. Developing self-awareness serves as the base where individuals can build their emotional intelligence. Through practices such as self-reflection and practising being mindful, individuals can increase their self-awareness, gaining insights into their thoughts and feelings. By understanding themselves better, individuals can go through life with clarity and a sense of purpose. 

Self-awareness enables individuals to identify their emotional responses to various situations, thereby allowing them to regulate their emotions effectively. It also facilitates better decision-making, as individuals are more aware to how their emotions influence their choices. Also, self-awareness creates a deeper understanding of your own goals and values, enabling individuals to align their actions with their core beliefs. Overall, practising self-awareness empowers individuals to lead more authentic and fulfilling lives. 

 

Self-regulation, the ability to manage and control your emotions, impulses, and reactions, is another core of emotional intelligence. In challenging situations, people with high self-regulation can maintain composure and make rational decisions, rather than giving in to impulsive behaviour. This skill is particularly crucial in today’s fast paced and stressful environments, where the ability to remain calm under pressure can determine the difference between success and failure. Especially, while being a team leader It’s a very important skill to have. 

Practicing self-regulation involves various techniques, such as pausing and thinking before responding impulsively and practicing stress management. By learning to regulate the emotions, people can avoid unnecessary conflicts, build stronger relationships, and achieve success in both personal and professional lives. Also, self-regulation contributes to overall well-being by reducing stress and promoting mental and emotional stability what is needed from a team leader in order for the team to stay efficient even when things don’t go as planned. 

 

The ability to understand and share the feelings of others, empathy is an essential part of emotional intelligence. By putting themselves in others’ shoes and seeing the world from their perspective, people can gain deeper connections and create stronger relationships. Empathy helps people to communicate more effectively, resolve conflicts peacefully, and collaborate with others towards common goals. Working in a team won’t be successful without empathy and understanding of one another. 

Practicing empathy involves active listening, nonverbal communication, and genuine concern for others’ well-being. By demonstrating empathy, people create an environment of trust and understanding, where everyone feels valued and respected. This not only enhances team leadership skills for the team to work well together, but it also enhances personal relationships and contributes to a more peaceful and cooperative society. 

 

 

Social skills, a range of abilities, including communication, collaboration, conflict resolution, and leadership. These skills are essential for navigating social interactions successfully, whether it’s in personal or professional life. Effective communication, confidence, negotiation, and teamwork are all key elements of social skills that contribute to building positive relationships and achieving common goals and success together. 

Practicing social skills involves developing the ability to express oneself clearly, listen actively to others, and adapt communication styles to different audiences. It also involves having empathy, understanding cultural differences, and resolving conflicts constructively. With good social skills, people can become more effective communicators, leaders, and collaborators, thereby enhancing their overall success and satisfaction in life. 

 

The practice of being present and fully engaged in the moment, without judgment or distraction, being mindful, is a powerful tool for enhancing emotional intelligence. By cultivating mindfulness, individuals can increase their awareness of their thoughts, feelings, and surroundings, leading to greater clarity and inner peace. The book taught that mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, and yoga are all effective techniques for developing mindfulness and promoting well-being. Practicing mindfulness enables individuals to manage stress more effectively, improve their concentration and focus, and enhance their overall quality of life. By learning to be more mindful, people can break free from habitual patterns of thinking and behaving, thereby opening themselves up to new possibilities and experiences. Mindfulness also fosters a greater sense of gratitude and appreciation for the present moment, leading to greater overall happiness and fulfilment what is crucial in the digitalized world people live in. 

 

 

Also, having emotional agility is another key aspect of emotional intelligence. Emotional agility is the ability to adapt and respond flexibly to changing emotional experiences and situations. Rather than being overwhelmed or controlled by their emotions, emotionally agile people are able to accept and regulate their emotions effectively, allowing them to navigate through life with greater ease and resilience. This is especially crucial for entrepreneurs because even when times get rough, you need to be able to regulate your emotions so that the business doesn’t suffer with it. 

Practicing emotional agility involves accepting others emotions without judgment, and then choosing how to respond to them in a constructive manner. This may involve techniques such as reframing negative thoughts, practicing self-compassion, and seeking support from others. By developing emotional agility, people can bounce back from setbacks more quickly, and adapt to new challenges and opportunities with more confidence and ease. 

 

The ability to express one’s thoughts, feelings, and needs confidently and respectfully, is a valuable skill for team leaders in order to achieve effective communication and conflict resolution. Assertive people are able to advocate for themselves and others, while also considering the rights and feelings of others. This leads to more honest and open communication and reduces the likelihood of misunderstandings or conflicts what is especially important for working in team, let alone leading a team. 

Assertiveness involves using “I” statements to express oneself clearly, setting clear boundaries, and standing up for one’s rights in a calm and assertive manner. I think this method is an excellent way to avoid conflicts while expressing feelings or concerns, so I will definitely be taking it to practice. Being assertive also involves active listening and empathy, in order to understand others’ perspectives and concerns. By mastering assertiveness, people can build stronger relationships, increase their self-confidence, avoid conflicts and achieve greater success in both personal and professional life. 

 

Although being assertive can help, conflict is inevitable in relationships and organizations, but how it is handled can make a significant difference in the outcome. Effective conflict resolution involves actively listening to the concerns of all parties involved, empathizing with their perspectives, and working together to find mutually satisfactory solutions. This requires patience, understanding, and a willingness to compromise when necessary. 

Practicing conflict resolution skills involves developing strong communication and negotiation skills, as well as the ability to remain calm and composed under pressure and tension. These are skills all team leaders must have. It also involves fostering a climate of trust and respect, where all parties feel safe expressing their opinions and concerns. Without this skill, a team can’t work efficiently to achieve the common goal. By mastering conflict resolution, people can strengthen their relationships, build trust and cooperation, and create a more positive and productive work environment. 

 

Also, in today’s rapidly changing world, adaptability is a key skill for success. People who are able to adapt to new situations and circumstances quickly and effectively are better positioned to thrive in their personal and professional lives, especially while being an entrepreneur. This requires a willingness to embrace change, a willingness to learn from new experiences, and a willingness to take risks and try new things. 

Practicing adaptability involves developing a growth mindset, which is characterized by a belief in others ability to learn and grow, even in the face of challenges and setbacks. It also involves being open to new ideas and perspectives and being willing to seek out new opportunities for learning and growth. By cultivating adaptability, people can increase their resilience, expand their horizons, and achieve greater success as a team and overall satisfaction in life. 

 

Summary 

Emotional intelligence refers to the capacity to understand and regulate your own emotions, while also being able to identify and impact the emotions of others what is especially important in team leadership. These lessons from Bradberry aren’t just a theory, they are based on lots of high-quality research, and I will personally be taking all of them into practice while being a team entrepreneur as well as while being in a team leader role for the team to be able to reach the common goal as efficiently as possible. They are also practical tips that can help anyone improve their emotional intelligence and live a happier, more successful life. 

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