EQ is Key to Leadership

What is EQ?

"Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically." "emotional intelligence is the key to both personal and professional success" defined by Oxford languages.


We have seen world leaders that we wished had a stronger EQ and I ask, how can we change this for our next generation, the "Best generation yet"? I found that there is a lot we can do in our time we share with them and as Oxford says, it is the key to both personal and professional success!


Women are said to have higher EQ's and to mature emotionally at a younger age, and I question the past where young boys and men were bullied not to show their emotions. Thankfully, we as a society see the harm that does, not only to our men, but our entire family dynamics. Everyone deserves the empowerment of learning EQ and growing into phenomenal leaders!


When?

As early as birth, we can start to whisper explanations and awareness of the babies emotions: fear, anger, hunger, etc...by the time they can speak they will be familiar with the words that identify how they feel.

How?

We can guide them to be aware and allow the emotion, then to have positive solutions on how to react to them. It sounds too simple yet it works. The empowerment and self regulation is something that we can continue to guide them through until they have mastered their own emotions.


We are not talking about trauma, PTSD or other ailments that professionals can help us learn to deal with, yet good EQ does assist us through all situations in life.


Leadership

According to Daniel Goleman, an American psychologist, these five attributes are the focus for high EQ.

  • Self-awareness.

  • Self-regulation.

  • Motivation.

  • Empathy.

  • Social skills.

From a great article about how EQ is directly related to great leaders! https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_45.htm


Who and where?

Let's do our part at home, in the schools, and whenever we are spending time with our youth guiding them through awareness and solutions. Every little moment can make a big change for all of our futures!!!


Thanks for reading with us today, let us know if there is a topic you would like to share or would like us to share! Sherrie Neff

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