Emotional Intelligence: What Is It, and How Can You Achieve It?


The popular magazine Psychology Today defines emotional intelligence as: “the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. It is generally said to include three skills: emotional awareness; the ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes regulating your own emotions and cheering up or calming down other people.” As you can imagine, emotional intelligence, or EI, is important for leaders of organizations. It has even been argued that those with higher emotional intelligence are more successful than those with higher IQs, but lower emotional intelligence.

The magazine explained that emotional intelligence is, indeed, the “latest leadership buzzword.” Psychologists who study behaviors within organizations have discovered that corporate leaders are most successful when they’re able to understand social interactions, and provide solutions for complex social issues that can occur during daily office life. From conflict resolution to stressful negotiations, the successful business leader is the one who can pick up on the emotional cues of others, and is aware of their own strengths and weaknesses. Those who nurture their emotional intelligence are, in many ways, providing a gateway to their own success – as well as the success of their team and their organization.

It can be difficult to know how you can develop your emotional intelligence to better lead your organization.


Some people may think they simply can’t grow their EI, but at Emergent, we believe everyone has the ability to become more emotionally attuned to their environment. People need soft skills for tough challenges. We offer training that teaches the theory and practices for strengthening both emotional and social skills, enhancing the ability to focus, connect, influence and inspire others. Emergent strongly feels that, by raising the emotional intelligence of your organization, the collective EQ and performance is enhanced exponentially. When you participate in one of our emotional intelligence workshops, we will help you achieve these objectives:

  • Understand the underlying theory of emotional intelligence
  • Make the business case for why EI is important
  • Define the emotional and social intelligence leadership competencies
  • Experience your own ESCI feedback
  • Use and interpret the feedback report
  • Understand how to develop leadership competencies
  • Develop an action plan to improve scores on two key leadership competencies

How Emergent is different than many corporate coaching organizations is that we’re fully invested in helping you achieve greater emotional intelligence and become a more holistic leader. That’s why we continue to work with you, even after you complete the EI workshop. We have found that people are most successful when there is not only a catalyst for change, but also accountability. Emergent encourages our participants to engage, learn, and accept change. We follow up with you after the training workshop is complete, so we can help you improve leadership competencies and grow as a leader, both professionally and personally.

To learn more about how Emergent can help you nurture and develop your emotional intelligence, please feel free to contact us. We would love to speak with you. You may reach us by using our convenient online contact form, or you may call us for more information at (315) 635-6300. We look forward to helping you succeed.

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