The most successful people are able to manage themselves as well as their relationships with others. More often than not, we notice Social and Emotional Intelligence most when it’s lacking. Think of someone who cannot handle stress, who struggles with change and with conflict, or with teamwork and collaboration, perhaps a leader who blows up when someone misses a deadline or questions a directive.
Social and emotional intelligence (S+EI or EI or EQ) is about being aware of ourselves and others and using that awareness, in the moment, to manage ourselves (how we respond to stressful or challenging situations), and manage our relationships with others.
There’s good news. It’s never too late. We can learn and strengthen S+EI all throughout our lives. Add these essential skills to your career strategy.
Research indicates that the fastest way to enhance your S+EI skills is through self-awareness and coaching.