How to use emotional intelligence to be more effective

If you think Emotional Intelligence is something ‘airy fairy’, think again. Understanding and using emotions is highly practical. One example is that if you are in tune with your own and others’ feelings, you can work more effectively.


When you’re happy, you are better at generating ideas and solutions. This is the time to work on problem solving, on innovation and on planning and strategy. When you’re in a positive mood, don’t try to do work that requires detail; don’t try to proofread or find errors in a financial report.
By contrast, a downbeat mood narrows your vision and will help you see problems you ignore when you’re feeling happy.
You can use this knowledge to choose your activities to match your mood. Alternatively, you can change moods to match the task. When you’re making important decisions after an upbeat meeting; try bringing the mood down a little.
When you are in sales, try to create a happy mood with your client when you want to close the deal. Also, your brainstorm session will be much more effective if you create a happy, enthusiastic mood.
Emotional Intelligence is not only a critical leadership skill, it is a skill that everyone can and should develop. EQ helps in management, work relationships and personal relationships alike. Unlike IQ, EQ can be learnt and developed, which is what you will do in our Emotional Intelligence for Managers course. The skill to use your mood to be effective and productive is only one of the practical elements you will learn in our workshop. Click here for more information on our Emotional Intelligence training and course dates.

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Feel free to leave your comment or question: have you had challenges or successes in using Emotional Intelligence?

Peter Munnik

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