Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence (or Emotional Quotient) is highly neglected in this fast-paced competitive world. Wouldn’t it be when most correlate EQ to bein

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Emotional Intelligence (or Emotional Quotient) is highly neglected in this fast-paced competitive world. Wouldn’t it be when most correlate EQ to being overly emotional? That being brainy is better than a bucket full of tears? However, that’s where we are absolutely wrong. Emotional Intelligence deals with one’s ability to understand their emotions consciously, manage it better and use it constructively to get better as an individual and member of the society. Being an achiever is indeed desirable but what is it of any use if you nearly die out of stress right before the event. That’s where acknowledging your emotional intelligence quotient is crucial. For success is a combination of EQ and IQ.

Today fortunately, understanding and acknowledging our emotional intelligence is slowly becoming a norm. When our emotions are out of control, it is okay today to admit that you don’t feel mentally or spiritually fine. ‘Being Human’ is on the rise.

However, it is also important to understand ourselves from an emotional intelligence perspective whether or not we are depressed or not.  As we get older, we are subjected to adulthood’s facets – more challenges, lesser excuses, lots of work, societal pressures. From having biannual vacations back in school, to working over the weekends, from home can seem to be a little daunting. Relationships also experience a roller-coaster of emotions as ambitions, careers, family status get dragged in. There is also that point where we as individuals feel, okay so we have gone phase after phase, one degree after another but what for? What next? Even this without a plan is sure to bombard you emotionally. And emotions needn’t be always perceived with negative connotation. Sometimes one isn’t able to handle a positive inflow of emotions leading to a threat to relationships, career and personal ambitions. Shouldn’t there then be a universal mantra to handle emotions?

Science has solutions for us. However, each of us is different so some ways may work while some may not. Implementation of these methods also requires a sense of acknowledgement, the need to de-taboo and time since this is one crucial lesson that is often missed out of our heavy loaded syllabi at school.

As leaders, it is additionally important to build upon our emotional intelligence and specifically the ability to connect, listen and empathize. A motivational leader or an authoritarian manager, the choice is yours.

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