What does EQ have to do with managing change?
If you can create awareness of the way you respond to life events, such as change, and manage your response to the event you’re well on your way to effectively managing change.
You’ve heard the saying, ‘It’s not what happens that matters but how you respond to it that really counts’, increasing awareness is a vital key in managing how you respond.
EQ gives you the awareness and mindfulness you need to increase your ability to distinguish between the event that happens, and the way you respond to it. Simply being aware of your response means you can make changes that benefit you. Being emotionally intelligent allows you to manage your emotions such as anger, anxiety, frustration, and fear which in turn relieves stress in your life.
So, what does it mean to be emotionally intelligent?
EI has been coined by Daniel Goleman in 1995 the theory emphasizes the importance of awareness, control and management of our emotions and the emotions of other people.
The skills, sometimes referred to as learned competencies, are recognized as the fundamentals to success in leadership to your ability to manage life’s curve balls – often defined as change. We are creatures of habit and naturally resist change. EQ gives you the tools needed to welcome change effectively.
Being emotionally intelligent includes the following abilities:
- Self Awareness: The ability to recognize and understand feelings and emotion, and the ability to understand your responses to situations and other people’s actions.
- Self-Management: The ability to choose how we think, how we feel, the actions we take, and to motivate ourselves; also known as self-regulation.
- Social Awareness: The ability to recognize and understand the feelings and emotions of others. This includes skills in empathy.
- Relationship Management: The ability to express your emotions and to communicate effectively.
These skills can be learned – and used well can help you manage change and achieve success in life.
Take an EQ-i2.0 self-assessment to discover your strengths and areas requiring development. Contact Cynthia Gossman, Emotional Intelligence Expert and Facilitator today, firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-635-5379.
Cynthia Gossman, Your Personal JOY Restoration Coach