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  string(3443) "Everyone in the business world is talking about Emotional Intelligence and how important this EI thing is. But what precisely is it?

Firstly – The term ‘Emotional Intelligence’ is a set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges, and use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way.

I recently attended an Emotional Intelligence course held by Sydney University. I wanted to attend the course feeling I needed to gain a greater understanding of this topic as 100% of my focus, 8 hours a day is people! So, principally for me it’s important to gain a deeper understanding of how people’s emotions affect them professionally.

There is a lot of feedback on whether emotional intelligence is an actual intelligence and whether it has reliable weight over IQ. Quite honestly, I wouldn’t know as I am not a psychologist…. However let me ask this question; a very simple question:

Two rocket scientists go for the same role at NASA, one becomes the CEO of NASA and the other remains in the role as a rocket scientist. How do you think that rocket scientist got to CEO level, just by pure intelligence or was there some EI thrown in for good measure? I would say the latter. Accepting of people, the skill to react, connect, respond and engage is a very strong forecaster of an emotionally connected leader. Wouldn’t you agree?

It’s pretty much impossible to have an emotional specialist on speed dial (of course mother excluded). But I think everyone has the talent to read into their emotions.

It’s important to get all Oprah Winfrey on yourself now and then (listen to your feelings) we all know it’s not easy, developing the skill to listen to your own emotions.

However, this is the first and maybe the most important. Don’t always react to your first thought either (this can be quite damaging if you do), calculate your next feeling. Is it feeling or is it thought? Be respectful of your words and thoughts and think about the message you want to project to the receiver/s.

As a recruiter, with the need of urgency we work to, all the above mentioned is certainly not easy, far from it some days. However, I did find that this course helped me analyse who I am as a person, and it assisted me with those tough marketing calls I had to make with hiring managers, HR executives and C-Level prospects.

Heck! Let’s go even further……this course helped me realise that I can and have the ability to complete a Bachelor in Business (HR), which I am now enrolled.

I do feel it’s an incredible trait to have, don’t turn away from EI. Business is driven by people and it’s important to understand how to interact, influence and engage with others.

Take on the challenge and enrol yourself in an EI course, if anything it would add some street cred to your resume.

Remember, It’s never too late to be the CEO of NASA!

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide"
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Everyone in the business world is talking about Emotional Intelligence and how important this EI thing is. But what precisely is it?

Firstly – The term ‘Emotional Intelligence’ is a set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges, and use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way.

I recently attended an Emotional Intelligence course held by Sydney University. I wanted to attend the course feeling I needed to gain a greater understanding of this topic as 100% of my focus, 8 hours a day is people! So, principally for me it’s important to gain a deeper understanding of how people’s emotions affect them professionally.

There is a lot of feedback on whether emotional intelligence is an actual intelligence and whether it has reliable weight over IQ. Quite honestly, I wouldn’t know as I am not a psychologist…. However let me ask this question; a very simple question:

Two rocket scientists go for the same role at NASA, one becomes the CEO of NASA and the other remains in the role as a rocket scientist. How do you think that rocket scientist got to CEO level, just by pure intelligence or was there some EI thrown in for good measure? I would say the latter. Accepting of people, the skill to react, connect, respond and engage is a very strong forecaster of an emotionally connected leader. Wouldn’t you agree?

It’s pretty much impossible to have an emotional specialist on speed dial (of course mother excluded). But I think everyone has the talent to read into their emotions.

It’s important to get all Oprah Winfrey on yourself now and then (listen to your feelings) we all know it’s not easy, developing the skill to listen to your own emotions.

However, this is the first and maybe the most important. Don’t always react to your first thought either (this can be quite damaging if you do), calculate your next feeling. Is it feeling or is it thought? Be respectful of your words and thoughts and think about the message you want to project to the receiver/s.

As a recruiter, with the need of urgency we work to, all the above mentioned is certainly not easy, far from it some days. However, I did find that this course helped me analyse who I am as a person, and it assisted me with those tough marketing calls I had to make with hiring managers, HR executives and C-Level prospects.

Heck! Let’s go even further……this course helped me realise that I can and have the ability to complete a Bachelor in Business (HR), which I am now enrolled.

I do feel it’s an incredible trait to have, don’t turn away from EI. Business is driven by people and it’s important to understand how to interact, influence and engage with others.

Take on the challenge and enrol yourself in an EI course, if anything it would add some street cred to your resume.

Remember, It’s never too late to be the CEO of NASA!

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide

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