Why EI is More Important Than Ever Before

By Renée Adams

October 5, 2020

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Emotional Intelligence (EI) is quickly becoming a familiar buzzword in the business world. But the profound value of becoming a more emotionally intelligent individual explains why it resonates with people on a global scale. 

EI can provide relief for some of today’s most emotionally draining challenges such as; stress about future uncertainty, lack of connection with other people, and many more. In this article, you will see how EI helps us accept the things we cannot control and maximize our emotional skills and potential.

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It is unfortunate that many workplaces of the past wanted their employees to leave their emotions at home, but research continues to show that humans don’t work this way. We can’t leave our emotions at home insofar as we can’t leave our brains at home. As Anne Kreamer, author of “It’s Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the new Workplace,” says, “The truth is you can’t even decide what you want for lunch without involving your emotions.”

Businesses need Emotional Intelligence more than ever and we’re seeing a trend in that direction.

Collectively, they’re recognizing the humanity of their employees more than in the past. Now that they recognize the fact that we’re all human, even at work, the need for structured methods of teaching and enhancing the skill of recognizing and managing emotions arose, and that is exactly what EI has to offer.

Along with workplace applications, EI can help us at home.

The importance of self-awareness, one of the core competencies of EI, reveals itself in how we manage stress. By improving your ability to recognize your emotional state, you begin to take control of your emotions instead of the other way around. When chronic stress is allowed to run rampant it leads to negative emotional reactions such as, anger, depression, and anxiety. Long-term, this can lead to debilitating diseases such as, heart problems, infections, arthritis, and many others.

In today’s world, the news we follow religiously, arguments in our Facebook feeds, and concerns for the future all add unnecessary stress. These stressors, for the most part, are completely out of our control and avoidable. Emotional Intelligence offers us ways to manage this stress without putting our heads in the sand and ignoring them completely. We want to stay informed about the world, but without EI, the world can overwhelm us. Mindfulness and meditation are just two ways that we can manage our stress levels and come to terms with those things we cannot change, while improving the things we can.  

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