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Recession And Emotional Intelligence – Part 1

If you or your team’s emotional intelligence is not well develop, you will all gladly participate in an economic recession. What I mean by participation, is that leaders and their people begin to recess themselves into worry, anxiety and depression because of an economic recession.  The way people feel influences: their thinking, decisions, behaviour and performances. People become, problem focused, aggressive, fearful, uncertain, and they also develop a myopic sense of action. Everything is blamed on the recession. We can becomes we can’t. Put everything on hold. This is catastrophic! Rumours develop of retrenchments, the blame game begins. Strategy formulation is replaced by deadly leadership inaction and the demon of hesitancy. No decisions are made. Let’s wait and see is the ideology.  And on it goes!  

Anybody with a well-developed emotional intelligence will not allow themselves to be pulled into a unproductive recessionary mindset.  It is factually impossible. People who have a high developed emotional intelligence, will recognise that a recession is an event and not an outcome. The reaction to these two things is vastly converse than the low developed EQ person.  People with a high developed emotional intelligence will pour their emotional energy into the quality of their work in the event and not some outcome.

People with high developed EQ, know that their developed the emotional intelligence has got twice the power of IQ, technical skills, expertise and knowledge to drive them through the event of a recession and be more productive and influential than before.  These individual are more solution focused, accountable,  they give  more discretionary effort, they don’t blame,  and have a positive attitude.  The event of a recession is a learning ground for them, and not a defeat on the battle ground of the human mind. They also know  that their EQ is linked to purpose and without that, there is no intellectual and useful accomplishment.

These individuals have six core EQ skills and they know that their EQ skills is a resource to be used.

  • Self-Awareness. Self-Awareness is about being aware of the way you feel and the impact your feelings can have on your decisions, behaviours and performance.
  • Awareness of Others. Awareness of others is about perceiving, understanding and acknowledging the way others feel.
  • Authenticity. Authenticity is about openly and effectively expressing oneself, honouring commitments and encouraging this behaviour in others.
  • Emotional Reasoning. Emotional Reasoning is about using the information in feelings (from oneself and others) and combining it with other facts and information when decision-making.
  • Self-Management. Self-Management is about managing one’s own mood and emotions; time and behaviour; and continuously improving oneself.
  • Positive Influence\ / Inspiring performance  Positive influence is about positively influencing the way others feel through problem solving, providing feedback and recognising and supporting others’ work.

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