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I'm not sure that the equation between Covey's 7 habits and emotional intelligence is that simple, Luis.
What Covey summarizes in these seven habits is about personal and professional leadership. (I make a distinction between the two.)
Emotional fitness (a much better term than emotional intelligence) is a large part of leadership, but not all of it. Leadership also includes vision, perseverance and fortitude.
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I am convinced that anyone who practices the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People can be considered an emotionally intelligent person
I would like you to validate the concept of emotional intelligence and the elements
So, What is Emotional Intelligence?
Emotional intelligence is the ability to manage your emotions and understand both your emotions and the emotions of people around you.
People who are highly emotionally intelligent are aware of their own feelings, what those feelings mean, and how they affect other people around them.
They also have the ability to handle other people’s emotions, which is crucial for the right leader.
There are five important elements to emotional intelligence:
5. Social skills
The more of these you have in check, the higher your emotional intelligence is.
Self-awareness means always knowing what you feel and what your feelings mean. You should also know how your feelings are affecting other people in your surroundings.
You need to understand your strengths and weaknesses and be aware of what you need to to use them both appropriately.
Next step after understanding your emotions is being in control of them. Sure, a leader gets a lot of stress.
But they need to be in control of their negative feelings and use them constructively to solve problems, not yell or be angry.
This is a mark of a good leader. They also hold themselves accountable.
People with high emotional intelligence are also very good at motivating themselves without needing external support.
This means that they have a high quality standard for themselves and others.
Leaders with high emotional intelligence set goals and motivate themselves to reach those goals. They also have a great ability to motivate others by understanding what motivates them on an individual level.
Empathy is an important part of any mindset, especially with leaders. You have to be able to put yourself into someone else’s shoes, understand them and approach them with something that they can relate to.
Empathy plays an important role in handling conflict, making people see the bigger picture, and motivating others.
5. Social skills
Leaders who have great social skills are good communicators both in the sense of translating ideas to their team and listening to their needs and complaints.
They are very good at recognizing problems and very open to hearing both good and bad news. They also know how to praise others and how to criticize them constructively.
A person who is more engaged with their team, management, community and society is a person who would display 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (by Stephen Covey). They are related but distinct topics in their own right with Stephen Covey's interpretation a subset of emotional intelligence. People who use emotional intelligence in their jobs would be health care professional and teachers who in order to do their jobs need to understand the state of their pupils and patients. Empathy is the most important aspect of emotional intelligence, "putting yourself in someone else shoes" in order to understand their mindset. If we can understand the person we can understand the problem.
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In this topic I covered the five important elements to emotional intelligence
Then I approached each of the elements individually
Do you agree with what I wrote about Emotional Intelligence?
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