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Why do I often lose control in meetings?  Why is it so difficult to listen to others?  Why do I get so frustrated and impatient?  Why don’t people take things as seriously as I do and make so many mistakes? Why is everybody so sensitive to my comments?

Are some of these questions familiar? If so, you may be experiencing a sense of disconnection with yourself, your peers, team, family and friends. To make things better, you may need a boost of Emotional Intelligence (EI).

As psychologist Daniel Goleman describes it, Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the ability to identify (be aware of), manage your own emotions and influence the emotions of others.

There are 5 areas on which you can work to boost you EI:

  1. Self-awareness
  2. Self-regulation
  3. Motivation
  4. Empathy
  5. Social skills

Research by the Center for Creative Leadership has found that the primary cause of executives’ low performance and failure is related to insufficient emotional competence: showing difficulty in navigating change, finding team work challenging, having poor inter-personal relationships.

As a global leader you know how important EI is for you; leading from a place of calm, confidence and control even when things get rough; opening up and listening to others’ perspective; being able to connect with people across the world; building healthy work and personal relationships in your host country,…

Important, not easy….but very possible!

Well then, if you are ready, follow this blog series on EI as I tackle each area of development in 5 mini articles. To give you a better learning experience, I made the content easy to understand and always actionable. Bite size learning works better that information overload. 

Enjoy this series and please send your feedback my way! 

Bests,

Laura

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