Emotional Intelligence: What it is and Why it Matters

How do you define emotional intelligence? We talk a lot about emotional intelligence but are you really clear on what it encompasses? Emotional intelligence is a set of emotional and social skills that influence how we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges, and use emotional information effectively and meaningfully.

In this episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, I define the different components of Emotional Intelligence and why it matters for you as a leader. I expand on why it is valuable for success in leadership but also for who you are in your personal life connecting with those around you.

Listen in to learn more about EQ competencies and how emotional intelligence impacts you and those you interact with.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to understand your emotions and have more meaning and purpose personally and professionally as a leader.
  • How to build meaningful relationships with those around you by tapping into empathy and social consciousness.
  • The tools to help you improve your impulse control and be a better problem-solver.
  • How to avoid chronic stress by adopting habits that allow you to work through stress more effectively.

What You Will Learn in This Episode:

  • [2:06] Defining the full spectrum of Emotional Intelligence
  • [2:44] Self-Perception – increasing your self-awareness when it comes to self-regard, self-actualization and understanding your emotions.
  • [4:34] Self-Expression – this is how others are experiencing you and your levels of assertiveness and independence.
  • [5:27] Interpersonal – building meaningful relationships with those around you and tapping into empathy and social responsibility.
  • [6:22] Decision Making – solving problems effectively when emotions are heightened.
  • [8:53] Stress Management – How to stay open and flexible to manage stress better and maintain optimism.

Standout Quotes:

  • “Assertiveness is being direct but also being compassionate with the way you’re being direct.”– Kristen [4:55]
  • “As you develop and grow in emotional intelligence, it impacts all of you.”– Kristen [11:41]

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