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What are some ways you cultivate emotional intelligence in your life?

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Today's #‍ is inspired by this month's @Levo Institute newsletter that focuses on the millennial economy and #‍. We share our survey insights, value shifts, and millennial priorities in The Rise of Emotional Intelligence, which brings us to this question:

How important is emotional intelligence to your career?

Emotional intelligence (EI) is defined as: the capability of individuals to recognize their own, and other people's emotions, to discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and to manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt environments or achieve one's goal(s). 

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Very important! If you know your own feelings/emotions you can get the most out of everything.

Knowing own and other's people emotions could be very helpful

I look up self reflection journal prompts, and also take personality tests. Seeing a description of yourself on paper actually provides some clarification!

Learning more about how others think, feel and react in order to better empathize. I've learned so much by simply thinking, "Wait. This is my reaction. What would be X's reaction?" Sometimes it's not about you.

This is so important! Meditation and journaling has helped me to hone this skill for myself. I also feel that it helps me to analyze how I react to other's emotions – aka when not to take certain people's approaches too seriously. I was considering reading Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry – anyone read it yet or could recommend another good resource?

A buddy of mine and I talk about how digesting and respecting your own emotions allows you more resilience and patience when dealing with emotionally taxing situations. This is especially important when your work involves managing the stress of others. Just like I exercise my brain with a sudoku or trying a new skill, I make time to check in with my co-workers and spend some time paying attention to the things that make them respond positively.

Diving deep into why you are feeling a certain way about a situation or person is the first step to being able to decide how you want to respond. We have the ability to choose how we respond to all situations. Recognizing our innate and bodily reactions (referencing the book Blink) allows us to decide if we want to continue that path of emotion, or change it.

Living intentionally, rather than by habit, has allowed me to take inventory of not only the status of my emotions but others' as well. I've been reading The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, and it has a lot to say on this topic. I highly recommend!

I'm lucky enough to get to work with an amazing group of people - most of them have much different upbringings than myself. Stressful situations arise daily - being able to put myself in their position and identify what I can do to gain that person's respect all while getting the job done is an area that I focus on improving every day.


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