January 31, 2019
Building Emotional Capital
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Have you ever met someone who is extremely smart, yet unsuccessful or no fun to be around? We all have. Why is that? Well, to be successful in our personal and professional lives (or a joy to hang out with, we need emotional intelligence (EQ.)
What is emotional intelligence or “EQ”? Technically, EQ is “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.” And, a lack of EQ can hold us back in significant ways. But wait, there is good news: emotional intelligence can be developed.
In his book Emotional Capitalist, Martyn Newman, shares 10 ways to build EQ and create the successful life you dream of. Let’s take a closer look at these ways:
According to Newman, the following components are the building blocks of Emotional Intelligence:
What are the most important components to great leadership: Self-Reliance, Assertiveness, Optimism, Self-Actualization, Self-Confidence, Relationship Skills, and Empathy.
Great leaders create great emotional investment by the people around them and their customers.
The good news is that Emotional Intelligence is a skill that you can build. Can you really afford not to invest your time and energy?
Leaders that do well in work and life, know how to keep momentum by staying positive and taking action. Believe and achieve.
A lack of self-confidence hurts your relationships. On the flip side, strong self-confidence can help you build high-quality relationships. Low self-esteem = low emotional intelligence.
It should come as no surprise–the best leaders build better relationships. People matter. Nothing happens without people and relationships.
People like people they can relate to, or people that “get” them. Empathy helps build trust and appreciation. And it is so much more fun to get to know people.
Emotional intelligence breathes life into the people-fabric of the business. Create a culture that is a differentiator and allows your business to thrive.
You get what you expect. Dale Carnegie said, “Give them a fine reputation to live up to”.
Do what you can, but do so out of intrinsic drivers deep inside, not external carrots and sticks. That’s how you keep your emotional reserves strong, from the inside out. A long journey begins with one step. Get started now!
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