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We hear a lot about “emotional intelligence” and many wonder do they have it, should they have it and how do they get it.

In a nutshell, EI is the ability to recognise, understand and manage our own emotions and the emotions of others, which to be honest can be tricky in this crazy, fast-paced world we live in.

It is said that people with high emotional intelligence tend to be more successful in their pursuits, inside and outside of work. That’s definitely something to strive for!

People with higher EI may find it easier dealing with those difficult conversations at home without hurting someone’s feelings. At work, a higher EI can help you motivate others, resolve conflict and encourage positive relationships.

Here are a few tips to set you on the path of higher emotional intelligence or at the very least get you thinking about how you can adjust behaviours at home and at work to make life a little less hectic:

  • Take note how you react in stressful situations
  • Take responsibility for your words and actions
  • Recognise how your actions affect others
  • Observe how you react to people – good and bad

Emotional intelligence means that you value others, listen to their wants and needs, and are able to empathise or identify with them on different levels.

Want to see how you fare on the emotional intelligence scale? Take the quiz here – you might be surprised!

Alex Williams