The Power of Your Emotions
- WHO – anyone who wants to invest in their emotional wellbeing and become a truly exceptional emotionally intelligent leader
- WHAT – an online program or live/virtual event
- WHEN – whenever you choose when it launches in 2021
- WHERE – anywhere you have reliable internet connectivity
- HOW – when it launches in 2021 you can either enroll in the online program or you can attend a live/virtual event
- WHY – to become emotionally mature in all your relationships and business transactions and to be able to stay calm, empathetic and decisive in difficult times
One of the most difficult things to do is to take the reigns of your emotions and to reel them in when they are on the verge of explosion. Emotions are like bubbling brooks just waiting for the temperature to be turned up before there is an eruption. We all have triggers that create varying emotional responses and it is our responsibility to manage and control our emotional responses, both internally and externally. There is zero value in keeping your emotions suppressed and bottled up so that you project a calm exterior to the outside world, when your internal world is absolute chaos. Stress effects everyone and negatively impacts your health and immune system. There are many different forms of tools and techniques that you can use to best manage your emotional wellbeing. Find the one that works for you, and then practice that daily. No-one expects to live in a bubble where things do not provoke us or raise our stress levels, but what you need to be able to do, is to anchor yourself and come back to your center faster than the day before. Once you have practiced this long enough, it will become an automatic response in times of fight or flight. Emotional intelligence is a key component for anyone wanting to be a future leader, or if you want to refine your current leadership skill set. Emotions are addictive, and it is important to be able to identify your emotional state at any point in time. Knowing the anatomy of your emotions will help you create the emotional responses that are in alignment with your level of emotional intelligence.
the anatomy of your emotions
Emotions come from the limbic system, which is a group of interconnected structures located deep within the brain. It is the part of the brain that is responsible for behavioral and emotional responses. Different networks in the brain can create the same emotion, and yes, your emotions are created by your brain. It is the way our brain gives meaning to bodily sensations based on past experience. Different core networks all contribute at different levels to feelings such as happiness, surprise, sadness and anger.
Emotions are associated with bodily reactions that are activated through neurotransmitters and hormones released by the brain, and feelings are the conscious experience of emotional reactions. Originating in the neocortical regions of the brain, feelings are sparked by emotions and shaped by personal experiences, beliefs, memories, and thoughts linked to that particular emotion. Strictly speaking, a feeling is the side product of your brain perceiving an emotion and assigning a certain meaning to it.
It is important to know about the anatomy of your emotions as this will allow you to identify certain triggers that create certain emotional responses, and it will allow you to assess the meaning you give to your world, and business, and readjust these perceptions where needed.
Either your emotions are going to control you, or you are going to be the master of your emotions. To be a master of your emotions, come equipped with all the knowledge you need, so as to make the experience deep and worthwhile.
Emotional intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. According to Daniel Goleman, an American psychologist who helped to popularize emotional intelligence, there are five key elements to it:
- social skills
Emotional intelligence allows you to understand and manage your emotions in order to self-motivate and to create positive social interactions. It is the first step in realizing your true potential.
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Emotionally intelligent people are highly conscious of their emotional states, even negative ones — from frustration or sadness to something more subtle. They are able to identify and understand what they are feeling, and being able to name an emotion helps manage that emotion. Because of this, the emotionally intelligent have high self-confidence and are realistic about themselves.
Emotional intelligence might be a buzz word, but it is one that, when acquired, will help you in achieving the level of success that you are looking for.
emotionally intelligent leaders
Emotionally intelligent leaders are aware of their own emotions, and intuitively aware of the emotions of others. Through their empathy, emotionally intelligent leaders factor in emotions when presenting information, making assignments or otherwise engaging with others. There are many benefits of having emotionally intelligent leaders. For one, they create more connected and motivated teams. The skills people with emotional intelligence possess make them effective leaders. Some include the ability to inspire others, personal integrity, ethical conduct, comfortable communication skills and an ease in building relationships.
According to a study by Development Dimensions International, which did a global leadership forecast study in 2011, with responses from 1,897 human resources professionals and 12,423 leaders from 74 countries, in the area of key metrics like financial performance, organizations with the highest quality leaders were 13 times more likely to outperform their industry competitors.
So, how does emotional intelligence contribute to high quality leadership? The most effective leaders are all alike in one crucial way. They all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence. It is not that IQ and technical skills are irrelevant. They do matter, but they are entry-level requirements for executive positions. – Daniel Goleman
What can be gleaned from the above is that emotional intelligence is not just a soft-science, it actually works and has a direct impact on the bottom line of your business.