The workplace is setup with multiple people and personalities. You’re not going to mesh with every person, but you can get to know them and build a functional working relationship with them. This isn’t going to happen instantaneously, but with conscious effort and intention.
So where do we start?
Everything DiSC® Agile EQ™ combines DiSC and emotional intelligence to improve relationships, increase productivity and resolve conflict. By combining the personalized insights of DiSC® with active emotional intelligence development, participants discover an agile approach to workplace interactions and learn to navigate outside their comfort zone, empowering them meet the demands of any situation.
Emotional intelligence is more than just being aware of oneself. Emotional intelligence encompasses:
You need to understand your emotional capacity and behaviors in various situations. When you’re overwhelmed or stressed do you shut down or lose control? Are you able to regulate your feeling and process them in a way that is healthy, allows you to feel them, but work through them?
Being able to manage stress and stay emotionally present, can allow you to stay in control of your emotions and thoughts when you are stressed or frustrated. You’ll be able to make choices that allow you to control impulsive feelings and behaviors, manage your emotions in healthy ways, take initiative, follow through on commitments, and adapt to changing circumstances. Learning how to process stress first can help us navigate our flight or fight response in a healthy way that won’t have a damaging effect on our mental and physical health.
- Self awareness
A lot of our emotional responses can be traced back to our youth and upbringing. Were your emotions validated as a child? Were you taught to manage your emotions? If you weren’t taught how to navigate and feel emotions or felt that you just needed to get over it, you may try to avoid or dissociate from certain feelings. Our emotions influence our actions and behaviors. Being able to feel and understand your ability to process core emotions is an important component of emotional intelligence. If you have difficultly feeling a particular emotion, it may be turned down or off and you’ll need to work on allowing yourself to process that emotion and the feelings that rise to the surface.
- Social awareness
This is a unique gift that allows you to assess and pick up on the tone in the room. You can read the non-verbal cues, allowing be empathetic to the situation and aware of your surroundings. This skill also requires the ability to be present in the moment to where you are mindful to the situations around you.
- Relationship management
While self-awareness is important, as humans we need other humans for socialization and community. Building relationships is key to our development. Learning to pick up on subtly non-verbal cues is important. Our brains emotional response is always on, so if this isn’t a skill you’ve yet developed or want to improve on, consciously assess the room and situation around you. What do you see? How are people interacting with each other? How should you approach this conversation? How can you resolve conflict? As kids were we able to adapt and adjust or did we learn to avoid conflict? Emotional intelligence takes a lot of internalized work, but it often requires give and take. Just as you empathize with others, you want the same empathy and respect in return.