Emotional intelligence (EI) is a resourceful skill to have and nurture. It can help easing the relationships in, as well as providing the grounding elements, to emotional impulses.
Mindfulness is in general a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling ‘in the moment’, without interpretation or judgment. Mindfulness is a key tool in understanding ourselves, our own thoughts, and feelings and what is important to us.
It can also help develop a key skill that leaders need in order to be successful namely Emotional Intelligence.
As you become more present, you can understand your emotional triggers, your strengths and weaknesses and your motivations in life. With that understanding, you may then lead a more meaningful life focused on what is important and fulfilling.
Practicing mindfulness can help enhance your emotional intelligence and subsequently your relationships as a Leader, which is the key to success in organizations. Mindfulness may also enable you to become more thoughtful and deliberate, rather than reactive in your interactions with others.
Like many skillsets, emotional intelligence can be cultivated. In the same way that intellectual intelligence is manifested through reading and learning, emotional intelligence can be fostered through mindful exercises.
Mindfulness practices (meditation, mindful walking, or a deep breathing exercise) are beneficial in developing emotional intelligence and can help with enhancing individual EI. Practicing can result in improving the ability to comprehend your own emotions in learning how to recognize other peoples’ emotions and/or in strengthening the ability to steer and control your emotions.
Practicing mindfulness may help with improving a
person’s ability to use their emotions effectively because it helps determine which emotions are beneficial for certain activities.
Mindfulness promotes emotional regulation and mitigates impulsivity by increasing the gap between stimulus (what happens to us) and response (what we do with what happens to us).
In summary, should you have certain tasks you need to perform, utilizing mindfulness techniques can help you properly approach a task with the right frame of mind.
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