By Dana Theus
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Do your emotions help you do your job better? Yes! Emotional Intelligence is one of the most important business and leadership assets you can develop, but it doesn’t always look as “emotional” as most people think. Often, it’s the more subtle emotional clues that give you the “intelligence” to decode a tricky interpersonal situation, read a negotiating partner or motivate challenging employees (and employees in challenging situations.)
- Reduce stress (yours and others’)
- Build win-win relationships
- Motivate yourself and others
- Communicate more effectively
- Give and receive constructive feedback
- Run meetings
- Handle difficult situations and people
As you can probably already tell, I’m not talking about emotions like crazy-in-love or seeing-red-anger. I’m talking about the emotional clues that help you understand yourself and others better. Intelligence like this comes in handy when you’re trying to suss out things like:
- when people are buying into what you’re saying and when they’re holding back without saying so directly;
- when you’re genuinely excited and want to go for a new assignment and when you’re not interested but likely to do a poor job because you think you “should” do it even though you’re heart’s not in it; and
- how to tell what to say to keep a rocky working relationship from spiraling out of control.
Here is a quick clip about using emotions at work as a career and leadership asset.