Emotional Intelligence

Have you ever interacted with someone that inspired action through their intense presence, charisma, enthusiasm and ability to communicate?

Something that I’ve always been drawn to is the impact within all the countries I’ve traveled to, companies and organizations I’ve worked with that emotional intelligence provides. Turns out that the days of IQ and intellect solely driving your success is no more, the value lies in your ability to develop and act on competencies such as:

  • Initiative, achievement drive, and adaptability
  • Influence, team leadership, and political awareness
  • Empathy, self-confidence, and the ability to develop others

Over these next few posts I’m going to explore the value of Emotional Intelligence and provide you with guides, and things to be aware of in your own path to success and a term gaining popularity called “Self Mastery”.

I like to think of it more along the lines of “Self Realization”, because all that it simply is, is the return to the subtleties of your self, gaining a realization of – an ability to return to your intuition, understanding and viewing your emotions for what they are, and being aware of your strengths and weaknesses equally translating this into the courage to speak your thoughts and be humble.

This is the key to success in all facets of your life, and it has guided my own life path in tremendous ways, from diffusing tense situations in India, closing the big deals at Xerox by establishing a powerful connection with my clients, and being happy in my current choices in life allowing an ease to enjoy the moment.

(Some of the many innovative Google Offices worldwide)

Google has created the Search Inside Yourself program (click on the program to download what it is all about) based on the development of Emotional Intelligence in their employees… this is huge, the most important company in the world sees enough value in it to bring a weekly program to their work. Chade-Meng Tan Google’s founder of the program was inspired from the program on Emotional Intelligence (click to see more info about the book) created by Daniel Golemen that I’m currently mastering – all the best points I’ll make sure to pass your way. The program is based on studies from the top institutions around the world such as Harvard, Stanford, Yale along with participation of all the top Fortune 500 companies GE, IBM, Microsoft, Shell, AT&T, PepsiCo and the list goes on.

Daniel Golemen found as a general rule of thumb in a study on “Ratio of Excellence” over 121 of the top companies in the world, viewing employees within 181 different position that emotional competence is the most valued element within all organizations.

67 percent – two out of three – of the abilities deemed essential for effective performance were emotional competencies. Compared to IQ and expertise, emotional competence mattered twice as much. This held true across all categories of jobs, and in all kinds of organizations.

It is exciting to see that modern research is supporting the potency of positive mental and emotional health both in the workplace and at home. If you would like to learn more about how mindfulness can help cultivate this healthy way of being click here to view an article on the role of mindfulness in emotional intelligence.

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