Components To A Strong EI

March 2017 Insights

You’ve heard me make references to the term EQ before…more commonly I use the abbreviation EI, Emotional Intelligence. For years, a person’s “Intelligence Quotient” or IQ, was thought to determine how successful they would be. But it turns out, not so much! In todays fast paced, overloaded, challenging world, it seems our ability to manage our emotions and get along with others is the single biggest predictor to greater success than anything else. So naturally as a women’s empowerment coach I’m all about increasing one’s EI for two reason’s…enhancing one’s wellbeing and goal achievement.

eqBottom line, when people work on improving their EI capabilities they will be more apt at managing and decreasing their stress-personally and professionally, enhance interpersonal relationships, and demonstrate greater leadership and decision-making skills. In turn, live happier more successful lives. Below I am sharing a brief EI checklist, an EQ assessment of sorts. Check it out, get acquainted with the key variables to obtaining a strong EQ, and begin to determine where you have a greater propensity of behaviors. Possibly consider rating yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being very effective and 1 completely ineffective) where you believe you are at within each variable.

Components To A Strong EQ

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• In tune with your own feelings and effectively and appropriately communicate them.

• Considerate of others’ feelings especially around how people perceive messages.

 • Aware of tone of voice, body, language, and facial expressions in self and others.

• Understands and is aware of how emotions may affect outward displays of behavior.

• Acknowledges and validates others’ feelings, work, contributions, and challenges.

• Connects with others, and looks to help develop personally and professionally.

• Has a “we” instead of “me” attitude, and is positive.

• Able to remain calm/composed when faced with unfavorable events.

• Effectively handles conflict.

• Able to help other people when they are “down”.

• Encourages others to speak about feelings.

• Controls negative and inappropriate emotional outbursts.

• Considers how they feel about decisions.

Now ask yourself what are your EI strengths? Where are your gaps? How can you bridge the gaps and build upon your strengths? Investing in improving your emotional intelligence will assuredly payoff! And for those of you who really want to take their EQ up a notch, contact me and let’s get busy!

Wishing You Always The Best Of Success

-Holly Boxenhorn-