Emotional intelligence is the ability to manage your emotions, as well as the ability to understand and influence the emotions of others. Emotional intelligence is key to life, but especially to entrepreneurship.
Unfortunately, having emotional intelligence can be difficult. We are human and emotions fuel us either for good or for bad. It's what makes us want to do anything. However, when we deal with people, our emotions can blind others to our goals or message. This is a constant struggle for any good entrepreneur as you will go through feelings of doubt, frustration, sadness, etc. It can be hard to be the charismatic businessman, when you’re concerned about this or that project. You CANNOT let these feelings show up as edginess in your conversations with those you work with or want to work with.
You need to use emotional intelligence to your advantage. Manage and understand your emotions so that you can work well with others and represent yourself as someone others will want to work with.
The bottom line is that people want to be around those who make them feel better about themselves, people who uplift them. If you’re working with someone who makes you feel uncomfortable or stressed, you are not going to want to continue this work relationship.
Some people call it professionalism; some call it emotional intelligence; some call it a great personality. It doesn’t have to be a hindrance, though. Emotional intelligence can work in your favor, helping you reach work success. On top of this, when your own emotions are in check, you’ll have the mental space to recognize and influence the emotions around you. You’ll be more empathic and able to create connections with others.
Those who have emotional intelligence are the kind of people you want to work with, and simply want to be around. In reverse, if you have emotional intelligence, people will want to work with and be around you.
However, it’s not fair to project happiness and confidence around work contacts, and then to go home and project stress and frustration onto your family. For me, they are the most important thing on this earth so it's actually more important to be uplifting and positive around them. I highly value my work relationships too, though, and want to be the confident and uplifting person people want to work with. As a result, I need to manage my emotions in a way that allows me to be the genuinely happy person I want to be, around both family and colleagues.
That being said, we all need to manage our emotions. It’s key to having the emotional intelligence we need in our work and home lives.
There are so many different ways to manage your emotions. I use exercise to relieve stress and frustration, but there is also meditation, long walks, or writing in a journal. By understanding your emotions and finding healthy activities to relieve yourself of heavy emotion, you’ll be able to work with people as a genuine and emotionally intelligent person, bettering relationships and bettering yourself.
Take the steps today to understand your emotions and use emotional intelligence to your advantage.
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