Emotional Intelligence is defined as the ability to understand and handle, both your own emotions, as well as those of the people around you. A person with a high degree of Emotional Intelligence usually knows what he/she is feeling, and how their emotions can affect other people. You become the best version of yourself by continually developing your Emotional Intelligence (EQ). This involves by getting to know, accepting and understanding yourself.
According to Daniel Goleman, an American psychologist, there are five main elements of Emotional Intelligence:
The more you are comfortable with your level of skill in each of these areas, the higher your EQ. In the present day and age the levels of stress are higher than ever. Companies seem to be trying to avoid failure instead of increasing success. With all the trainings companies are offering their employees, the fact remains that only 3% of learning turns into action. Imagine walking back into your office to all the usual distractions, demands and deadlines and try to find the time to apply these learnings/trainings in day-to-day life!
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result." Albert Einstein
For those in the corporate world in search of leadership and change, studies show that CEO’s make many of their decisions intuitively. In this fast moving world there is not always enough time to wait for all the facts. A leaders’ best thinking and decision making is therefore grounded as much in their EQ as their IQ.
“For leaders, having EQ is essential for success. After all, who is more likely to succeed – a leader who shouts at his team when he is under stress, or a leader who stays in control, and calmly assesses the situation?”
A few coaching sessions to raise the level of your EQ is a beneficial investment of your time. EQ is all about HOW you are, not what you do…but how you do it. The same actions get the same results. If you are ready get better results it is a good time to raise your EQ by adding to, or fine tuning your soft skills.
I have had the pleasure of working with motivated, smart, emotionally intelligent, energetic, and driven clients. Each receives training and development and sometimes even coaching at work, yet most are hungry for more than increasing their intellectual knowledge learned during the trainings.
Our sessions focus on emotional intelligence (EI). Upgrading, fine tuning, enhancing and improving each individual's current level of EI. Each is interested in converting their intellectual knowledge into sustained behavioural change (e.g. reacting differently, saying 'no' or managing a stressful moment effectively).
One-on-one coaching sessions are perfectly suited to this. They give quicker and more sustainable results than seminars, mass-trainings or books. Mountains can be moved with the proper support, motivation and encouragement one-on-one coaching offers. This personalized support is not available in the alternatives, where the norm is a ‘one-size-fits-all' approach.
Advanced training (Neuroscience in Coaching - SCOAP Coach, the Leading Brains Academy) taught me that with repetition and practice, the brain rewires itself. Each of us applies making changes in an individual and personalized manner. It is by focusing on and embracing the individual way in which we practicing change, and encouraging repetition over time that one-on-one coaching sessions bring about lasting results. Hopefully one-day companies will recognize how much offering one-on-one personal development coaching in addition to or in place of trainings can save time and money.