Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Emotional Intelligence

As women, we are more emotional (for the most part) than men, as such it is imperative that we are not only emotional... but emotionally intelligent. What is emotional intelligence? It is "the capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, and for managing emotions well in ourselves an din our relationships."* We all want that, right? So, the first step in becoming emotionally intelligent is knowing what characteristics comprise emotional intelligence. So here's the list, go through it and see what are your strengths and weaknesses to help yourself know how to improve. Maybe sit down with your girlfriends and talk about it, it would probably give you some good laughs and some insight. But first, you need to know that you have to master them in a progressive order. So if you want to improve your emotional intelligence start with one, and work your way down.

1. Emotional self-awareness
2. Accurate self-assessment
3. self-confidence
4. Self-control
5. Trustworthiness
6. Conscientiousness
7. Adaptability
8. Achievement orientation
9. Intiative
Social Awareness
10. Empathy
11. Organizational awareness
12. Service orientation
Social Skills
13. Developing others
14. Leadership
15. Influence
16. Communication
18. conflict management
19. building bonds
20. teamwork and collaboration

To develop these characteristics... hints are given here:

Rules Girl
*D. Goleman "Emotional Intelligence," 1995.


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