Recently I picked up the book Emotional Intelligence 2.0. When you purchase the book, you receive a code that allows you to take an emotional intelligence test. The test is short, so I’m not convinced my emotional intelligence score is accurate. However, taking the test at least brought up questions about myself that peaked my curiosity.
According to the book, emotional intelligence is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships. Although emotional intelligence is a bit intangible, the authors explain that it affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results.
There are four emotional intelligence skills that can be improved with understanding and practice.
- Self Awareness
- Self Management
- Social Awareness
- Relationship management
As you can see, the first two skills focus on personal competence and the second two focus on social competence. In very practical terms, the book provides clear strategies for developing these skills. If you are interested in acquainting yourself with Emotional Intelligence, I recommend reading a few articles at talentsmart.com.Comments