In today's world Financial Management is a key aspect of our lives and I always love to share my experiences on this subject. In fact this is what I have done in my last few blogs. But today I would like to dwell upon another important subject which impacts life of our younger generation.
It is Emotional Intelligence.
In simple words it is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and emphatically. For most people, emotional intelligence is more important than one's intelligence in attaining success in their lives and careers. As individuals our success and the success of the profession today depend on our ability to read other people's signals and react appropriately to them. Hence it is imperative for us to develop the mature emotional intelligence skills required to better understand, empathize and negotiate with other people, particularly because the economy has become more global. Otherwise success will elude us in our lives and careers.
There are five categories of emotional intelligence :
1. Self awareness - This is the ability to recognize an emotion as it happens. Developing self awareness requires requires tuning in to your true feelings. If you evaluate your emotions you can manage them.
2.Self regulation - You often have little control over when you experience emotions. But there are number of techniques to alleviate negative emotions such as anger, anxiety or depression. a few of these techniques involve recasting a situation in a more positive light, taking along walk or meditation or prayer.
3.Motivation - To motivate yourself for any achievement require clear goals and a positive attitude. Although you may have a predisposition to either a negative or positive attitude, you can with effort and practice, learn to think more positively.
4.Empathy - The ability to recognize how people feel is important to success in your life and career. The more skillful you are at discerning the feelings behind others' signals the better you can control the signals you send them.
5.Social skills - The development of good interpersonal skills tantamount to success in your life and career. In today's always connected world, everyone has immediate access to technical knowledge. Thus people skills are even more important now because you must possess a high emotional intelligence to better understand, empathize and negotiate with others in a global economy.
But the million dollar question is are we really aware of it ? Are we inculcating this trait in our children ? In fact do we ourselves realize the importance of it ? Is there any opportunity for a formal training on it ? Unfortunately the answer in most of the cases will be a NO. Let's try to understand a more about it.
Emotional intelligence plays an important role in developing social skills and creating healthy classroom environment through positive interpersonal relationships between teachers and students. It can facilitate the process of learning through harnessing the energy of positive emotions and controlling the adverse effects of negative emotions.
It is highly beneficial in the areas of education, work and mental health. There are research evidences which prove that the success in varied life situations and academic achievement depends largely on emotional intelligence. Being high in emotional intelligence is more important than being high in academic abilities.
School and college education is a phase in life which shapes up a personality and it is important for us to understand the psychological development of students during this age. The current indicator of intelligence for any student is measured by the academic performance and it becomes difficult to know if the performance of the student in academics is driven by any other factor or not. Academic achievement is the extent to which students acquire the knowledge, skills and proficiency that is taught to them.
Emotional intelligence can be classified as the ability to perceive and express emotion and thoughts of self as well as others. In simple words, emotional intelligence can be understood if an individual fits into the dimensions life self - regard where he or she can accurately perceive, understand and accept oneself, interpersonal relationship where a person is able to establish mutually satisfying relationships and relate well with others, a person who can control impulse, solve problems of a personal or inter personal nature, is aware of his or her emotions, is flexible enough to adapt and adjusts one's feelings and thinking to new situations, can introspect, can mange stress, and is assertive in effectively and constructively expressing one's emotion and can empathize with others.
In the present educational set up where students are expected to perform multiple roles with efficacy and effectiveness, it is imperative to develop in them the right attitude and emotional intelligence towards the complexities of life which are unknown and they must not be taken by surprise when confronted with.
The students actually play no active role in the attainment of knowledge. Their entire education is passive and mechanical. To create confident students and to assure certainty of successful academic achievement , it is very important to develop their personality with emotional intelligence including stress handling traits. It would not only make them competent but also they will be able to analyse the reasons of failure and initiate corrective action as required..
Emotional intelligence is considered as a successful predictor of academic achievement. It has been claimed by the researchers that emotional intelligence predicts achievement at schools, colleges and universities.
It is also found that emotional intelligence abilities lead to superior performance even in the most intellectual careers. As a measured construct, emotional intelligence is predictive of academic achievement as well as success in the workplace.
It is also seen that relatively high anxiety improves performance on simple and well practiced tasks but lowers performance on new or difficult tasks.
By understanding emotions and how to control them, they will be able to express own feelings and others' feelings better. This will help to interact and communicate more effectively and forge stronger relationships, both at work and in their personal life.
The need of the hour is to formalize and impart a well structured training on emotional intelligence by including it in the curriculum. But most importantly the onus lies on the parents to demonstrate it to their children on a sustained basis, for them to emulate and imbibe.
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