....emotionally intelligent, that is. Emotional intelligence is especially important during times of stress. If you're a leader, parent, coworker, daughter, son...basically if you have any sort of interpersonal relationship that requires you to carry on your every day functions during a stressful situation, you need emotional intelligence.
There are five components to emotional intelligence:
1. Self awareness - "being aware of your own feelings, motives, desires"
2. Self regulation- regulating yourself without intervention from an outside body
3. Motivation- "general desire or willingness to do something"
4. Empathy- "the ability to understand and share the feelings of another"
5. Social skills- "skills used to interact and communicate with one another"
Think about those five areas and pinpoint your strongest and weakest components. Simply identifying those will improve your emotional intelligence. As you go throughout your day, keep these five components in mind. You will be a more effective person when you're emotionally intelligent. Whether that be leading a classroom, a meeting, a household or taking a new challenge or stressful situation- emotional intelligence will equip you with the mental fortitude to be successful.