"Emotional Intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships empathetically."
So how exactly will having improved emotional intelligence improve our career prospects?
1. Firstly self-awareness
, one of the key components of emotional intelligence, enables us to recognise our strengths and challenges. It helps us to maintain balance, manage stress and to question our motives and ultimate behaviour
. Self-awareness grounds us to a degree and without being grounded it is impossible to perform a pirouette, never mind a series of them at high speed! Perfectly executed performance does not go unnoticed.
2. Secondly emotional intelligence requires us to develop empathy and understanding for the viewpoint of another
, this means we need to develop deep listening skills and critical thinking habits
ensuring that we are equipped with the best possible tools for balanced decision making. The latter is essential in our global economy, as we are all part of a much larger production and if we want to attract the right audience we need to cater to their very diverse needs. It's not only the lead role that makes for good performance, supporting cast members are noticed too!
3. Being self-aware on its own is not necessarily sufficient, we also need to know how to apply this knowledge to ensure that we manage our emotions
in a way that brings us the results we want. It is essential that we develop the self-control that forms the first channel of leadership development in our highly interconnected world
. You will not even get out of the wings without self-control. The stage will remain off limits to you. On the other hand if you can turn a failing crew and performance around, you are likely to be in the running for the next lead role.
4. Finally emotional intelligence requires a strong aspect of self-motivation and inner discipline
. This is not a 'nice to have', it is essential considering all the challenges we are faced with as individuals in 2020. It's a no-brainer actually, both audience and producers are looking to the crew to perform well, engage them and to bring a certain zing to the stage. If it's not there, the reviews will reflect that.
In closing thus, emotional intelligence is what enables us to stop dancing around the perimeter of the person we want to be and to dive deeply and fully into our own lives...
offers quite a few workshops on the topic of Emotional Intelligence. Email us at info@StaffTraining.co.za
for more info or give us a call at 0861 996 660
Debbie Engelbrecht is the MD of Staff Training, established in 2001. She is a soft skills facilitator and management coach and strives to enthuse, assist and empower her fellow South Africans wherever she has the skill to do so.