By DeVry University
October 15, 2020
6 min read
October 15, 2020
6 min read
From recent news to everyday conversation, many of us may have heard of “emotional intelligence”—also referred to as “emotional quotient” (EQ)—but may not understand what the term means or how to foster it.
DeVry University alum Marco Ruiz—who has dedicated many hours to developing his own mental and emotional strengths—offers some perspective. See how he achieved his personal goals and learn his top five tips to help improve emotional intelligence and enhance your own development.
Under Goleman’s model, if you wish to improve emotional intelligence, you should work on developing a set of 12 core emotional skills—such as adaptability, empathy, the ability to work well on teams and a positive outlook—across each of these four categories.
How do you feel about yourself and your current relationships?
What are your personal strengths and weaknesses?
Where do you see signs of mental and emotional growth in your life?
Where do you see areas for improvement?
These are the kinds of questions Ruiz consistently asks himself to understand which aspects of his emotional intelligence to target.
“While I love books and can recommend many, one of the main sources of my wisdom comes from simply looking in the mirror,” Ruiz says. “Because I am always willing to look in the mirror, I can always hold myself accountable and find new ways to improve.”
To self-reflect, try journaling as a first step. If you’re not fond of writing, record audio messages or videos on your phone as personal notes. Regardless of the approach you take, the key is to improve emotional intelligence by creating a space for honest expression.
You can also ask a trusted friend, relative or co-worker how they experience your personality as a way to gauge how your behaviors (good and bad) may affect others. This can be an effective way to help improve emotional intelligence and build self-awareness, Goleman writes in the Harvard Business Review: “The more people you ask, the better a picture you get.”
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