In this section we are going to explore emotional intelligence, often shortened to EI or EQ (emotional quotient). We will cover what is meant by emotional intelligence, the theories that support emotional intelligence and its application to raising self-awareness.
Goleman's theory identifies four components:
- Social awareness – the ability to have empathy and understand other people’s emotions and feelings. This section is explored below.
- Self-awareness – the conscious knowledge of our character, beliefs, emotions, qualities and desires. Click here to find out more.
- Self-management and motivation – the ability to stay calm under pressure and stay motivated to achieve goals. Click here to find out more.
- Relationship skills – the ability to influence, negotiate, communicate, build rapport and develop networks. Click here to find out more.
This section will discuss the various theories of emotional intelligence and how to apply them to personal and professional relationships.