Leaders, coaches, athletes, teachers, parents, prime ministers – humans from all walks of life, can benefit from learning more about emotions. Understanding our emotions can lead to better outcomes for ourselves and others. The intelligent use of emotions is a cornerstone of peak performance.
By nature, we are emotional and social creatures. Emotions are data, they are information, and they are trying to tell us something. They can influence our decisions, behaviour, and performance. Much of our success depends on our capacity to perceive, understand, use, and manage emotions in ourselves and others. Even if your work doesn’t involve dealing directly with people, we make better decisions and work more effectively when we are aware of our emotional state.
What is Emotional Intelligence (EI)?
An emotion occurs when there are certain biological, experiential, and cognitive states that all coincide.
Elements of emotional intelligence have been around for a long time – if you go back to writings from ancient Greece or Buddhist literature, you will find aspects of EI, the focus on relationships and our ability to self-regulate and improve our social interactions.