Being off school for half term has enabled me to look at my ‘to do’ list and complete some tasks that have been on there for quite some time.
I signed up for a Cognitive Reprogramming Course which I have been thinking about for a while. Not only that, I have completed and passed the first two modules covering the subject of Emotional Intelligence. I am feeling very happy about my progress and achievement so far in fact I have surpassed my expectation for the week!
I also had time to join a Webinar with the International Institute of Coaches & Mentors (IIC&M) about ‘Emotional Intelligence (EI) in the Workplace and Improving Performance’ which was very timely and fortuitous. This was a well structured presentation by Stephen Walker who imparted a myriad of information, tools and structures that could be used both on a business and personal level.
So what is Emotional Intelligence (EI)?
” …understanding how emotions affect our behaviour then creating the ability to identify and control both your and others’ emotions and acting on the information obtained”
By understanding EI you can then identify why teams, leaders and people behave in a certain way and why they do the things that they do. Emotions affect our behaviour and performance which can then impact on the decisions we make in life. People that cultivate their emotional intelligence are much more:
- Self-Aware and have a clear understanding of their strengths and weaknesses
- Able to manage their emotions and stay in control whatever the situation
- Effective at communicating, can clearly convey directions and know what to say to inspire and motivate others
- Socially aware and well tuned to the emotions of others – able to put themselves in someone else’s shoes
- Able to deal with conflict, placate disagreements and develop a more effective home environment or workplace
Did you know that:
- Our mood is linked to how we make decisions and that good mood leads to positive thoughts and fair judgment
- Pleasant positive states contribute to sound cognitive functioning
- Undesirable emotional states limit cognitive functioning
- Happiness encourages inspiration and motivation
By taking EI into consideration you get a better understanding of which emotions drive and motivate people, what makes them do things in a certain way, why their approach is like it is and how they communicate with their inner self and others.
For a coach or leader, understanding the impact that Emotional Intelligence has on an individual whether it be personal or professional and acknowledging their future potential and comfort zone limits, means you can structure their environment for peak performance and ultimate success.
I will certainly consider EI with my clients so that I can obtain a clear understanding of which emotions instigate certain responses and actions and therefore coach them for maximum performance and long term success.
Contact me if you want to talk about it more!