How well do you handle your emotions at work?
Too many women and men read that question as a damnation of women who can’t control their emotions in the office. In fact, it’s more important that you learn to use your emotions intentionally at work, than merely control them. And in the ability to use their emotions, both women and men have a potential advantage.
We might even start with, “Do your emotions help you do your job better?” They do! Emotional Intelligence is one of the most important business and leadership assets you can develop, but emotional intelligence doesn’t always look as “emotional” as most people think. Often, it’s the more subtle emotional clues that give you the “intelligence” to decode a tricky interpersonal situation, read a negotiating partner or motivate challenging employees (and employees in challenging situations.)
How does understanding these emotional clues really help you? Here’s a short list:
- Reduce stress (yours and others’)
- Build win-win relationships
- Motivate yourself and others
- Communicate more effectively
- Give and receive constructive feedback
- Run meetings
- Handle difficult situations and people