Our individual Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ) can affect the thoughts and feelings behind our own and others' actions and in turn determine how we behave in different situations. To be emotionally intelligent is to be able to recognize and manage your own thoughts and feelings, as well as correctly identify those of others, in order to have a positive effect on anyone around us and on our level of functioning. Research has shown that individuals with high EQ are likely to work more effectively in relationships, be more successful in their endeavors and act as stronger leaders during difficult times. My experience in working with successful managers and leaders supports these findings.

Get Help With Emotional Intelligence

To make an appointment with Dr. Z, call (678) 554-5632 or fill out the online appointment request. We can go over your current situation, identify the ways in which a low emotional intelligence quotient is affecting your life and that of your loved ones. We will put some dimensions to the problem, and identify your current resources that may be applied toward meaningful and lasting change. If additional resources and skills are needed, we will teach you how to increase your emotional intelligence quotient and choose the most appropriate response to each situation. Learning EQ is feasible, it's not rocket science, and has been learned by many other people who had a variety of different symptoms and challenges. Call and make your appointment today and we can get started!

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional intelligence (EI) is a learn-able set of skills. In Working with Emotional Intelligence, Goleman (1998) writes that EI “refers to the capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, and for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships.

An EI training program is structured around four key components that relate to both intrapersonal and interpersonal skills. The components are:

  1. Understanding oneself
  2. Managing oneself
  3. Understanding others and self-in-context
  4. Working with others

Each of these four components has several competencies associated with them. Learning these competencies requires the utilization of psychological tools which assess an individual’s level of EI and develop needed emotional competences. This is accomplished through the following steps:

  • Assessment tools
  • Preparation and goal-setting
  • Didactic module encompassing theory and practice of EI
  • Role-play
  • Individual customization
  • Personal agenda setting and monitoring

Indiv_EQ_origin_3542116767EQ in Business Environments

A high EQ often helps determine an individual's success in the workplace.  In most business environments, if not all, the quality of the relationships with people at all levels of the organization (above, below or laterally) plays a significant role in day-to-day interactions.  It also helps significantly in advancing one's career by enhancing credibility, charisma and the ability to motivate and work with others.  In a business setting, the development of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness and Relationship Management can be the crucial difference between success and failure.

Self-Awareness

  • Developing emotional self-awareness
  • Recognizing emotions and their impact
  • Taking accurate self-assessments
  • Knowing one’s strengths and limits
  • Feeling genuine self-confidence
  • Feeling a strong sense of one’s self-worth and capabilities

Self-Management

  • Displaying emotional self-control
  • Controlling disruptive impulses and emotions
  • Speaking and acting with transparency
  • Displaying honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness
  • Showing adaptability
  • Showing flexibility in adapting to changing situations
  • Valuing achievement
  • Exhibiting the drive to improve performance based on inner standards of excellence
  • Taking the initiative
  • Having a readiness to act and seize opportunities
  • Viewing life with optimism
  • Seeing the “upside” in all events

Social Awareness

  • Showing genuine empathy
  • Sensing the emotions of others, understanding their perspective, and taking an interest in their concerns
  • Developing organizational awareness
  • Reading the currents, decision networks, and politics at the organizational level
  • Being of service
  • Recognizing and meeting the needs of followers

Relationship Management

  • Giving inspirational leadership
  • Guiding and motivating by using a compelling vision
  • Exerting influence
  • Wielding a range of tactics for persuasion
  • Developing others
  • Bolstering the abilities of others through guidance and feedback
  • Being a change catalyst
  • Initiating, managing and leading in a new direction
  • Being adept at conflict management
  • Resolving disagreements
  • Building lasting bonds
  • Cultivating and maintaining a web of relationships
  • Valuing teamwork and collaboration
  • Promoting cooperation and team building