Working with emotional intelligence is an incredible opportunity to see how flexible this tool can be. Whether you are able to find new opportunities and ways of working that benefit your professional life through self-study or through the use of assessment and coaching it’s worth the investment. In practice emotional intelligence can provide very real and sustainable benefits at work. However, anyone looking at this tool, especially in the context of a monetary investment in assessment and coaching, often look to understand how that transpires. It will be different for everyone who chooses to spend a measure of time (or money) on this – no two journeys are the same.
One of the most often remarked upon result is that it gives individuals the opportunity to “respond not react”. For many this means they are consistently in control of the most powerful resource they possess, themselves. In meetings they are able to present a calm and assertive presence under fire; with subordinates they can provide guidance in the form of facilitative leadership rather then blunt direction. The possibilities of what that one simple thing can do in a professional context are endless. One client described it as “…having the ability to take on a stressful event like it was happening in slow motion, thinking things through and formulating the most appropriate response – the first time in real time”.
For others the results are found thorough acquiring a deeper measure of self-awareness, and being able to use it to its fullest extent. One client remarked that he was able to figure out the few subtle things that had likely been holding him back throughout his whole career; “I didn’t realize that my drive to be really effective was creating circumstances where I wasn’t making the decisions my organization needed…I thought I was being very through. Turns out I was stuck in a loop of trying to be perfect and missing critical opportunities.”
Emotional intelligence is an incredibly flexible tool that allows anyone the opportunity to pursue the right changes while also examining their strengths. Assessment creates a balanced portfolio allowing individuals to clearly see what to stop, start and continue doing in their current work. This level of awareness brings efficiency as well as results, propelling professionals forward on their path to realizing their full potential.
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