Much has been said in recent years about the importance of emotional intelligence. Daniel Goleman popularized the idea that emotional intelligence is as accurate a predictor of future success as IQ. We now know the importance of addressing emotional intelligence and social emotional learning in both schools and workplaces. A program that effectively strengthens social and emotional wellbeing will have a positive effect on students, teachers, employees and managers.
It is helpful to begin by identifying personal strengths and weaknesses when it comes to navigating social and emotional situations. Whether you’re a student trying to fulfill your potential, a teacher trying to help students do their best or a manager hoping to serve the people you’re leading, evaluating your emotional competencies is a step in the right direction. It is a step towards more success and fulfillment for both the individual and the group.
Once you’ve been convinced of the importance of emotional intelligence, what are some ways you can evaluate your own level, and improve the areas where you’re lacking? Here are some questions you can ask yourself to see where you stand in terms of emotional intelligence. Score yourself on a scale from 1-10 on these questions, the areas where you score on the lower half of the spectrum are the areas that you can focus on improving. If you’re interested in taking a full emotional intelligence test, click here.
- Am I aware of my emotions as they arise, and the cause of those emotions?
- Can I move on from a challenging experience without ruminating on the negative aspects of that experience?
- Can I accurately perceive the emotions that other people are feeling and consider that when making decisions?
- Am I attentive when listening to others and truly paying attention to what they’re trying to communicate?
- If conflict arises, am I able to consider the other person’s perspective and avoid placing unwarranted blame?
- Am I able to continue pursuing my self-defined goals despite setbacks?
If you answer these questions honestly, you’ll have a basic idea of your emotional intelligence level. If you’re a teacher or school administrator who’s interested in helping your students develop their emotional intelligence through a comprehensive social emotional learning program, please contact us at Move This World!