Build and improve your emotional intelligence in two ways:
- If you have the opportunity in your workplace, take a 360 assessment instrument to gain others’ feedback.
- Take an EQ assessment. There are many to choose from. To find the best one for you, contact Take Charge Inc for our recommendations.
- Do an informal assessment by asking those around you to discuss how well you deal with and exhibit emotions. Be sincere and accepting of the feedback (don’t question or debate it)
- Start keeping a journal. Many successful CEOs report that they keep a journal. Write ten minutes each day at the same time. Write about your feelings for that day. Name your feelings (sad, anger, fear, joy, disgust, anticipation, surprise or the hundreds of variations or these core feelings). Start identifying patterns and triggers. When we are young we developed methods of coping that do not serve us well as adults. To change these coping methods, we first have to identify them.