The Self-Aware PM

Naomi Caietti, PMP is managing editor of She launched her own consulting company to provide global, on-demand virtual services for clients that need a speaker, author or coach.

As project and program managers you have plenty of obstacles in your way — don’t become another one. Have you assessed your emotional intelligence skillset to leverage your strengths and close the gaps? Here are six competencies that can propel your leadership and initiatives forward.

Recent research shows it’s not your education or intelligence quotient (IQ) that predict success, but rather emotional intelligence abilities. No surprise that emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a key tenet of the Project Management Institute’s Talent Triangle® — an essential skillset for guiding and motivating teams and organizational strategies. The good news is that emotional intelligence can be learned and improved with practice.

What makes an emotionally intelligent project manager? Emotional intelligence predicts people’s ability to control their emotions, manage other people, and achieve success. Daniel Goleman —a leading psychologist and bestselling author of the book “Emotional Intelligence” — identifies the five domains of EQ as follows:

     1. Knowing your emotions.

     2. Managing your own emotions.

     3. Motivating yourself.

     4. Recognizing and understanding other people's emotions.

     5. Managing …

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