In my travels and conversations with personal leaders across the country, a common theme has emerged about Emotional Intelligence (EI) at work and home. Many have confided in me, saying, “Steve, I manage emotions better at work than in my personal relationships.”

I deeply relate to this. After a long, demanding day, it’s easy for us to let our emotional guard down just when we’re around those we care most about. Often, we find ourselves in what I call a HALT state at day’s end—Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. This can unfortunately lead to us offering our loved ones only the leftovers of our patience and kindness.

But here’s a loving reminder:
Don’t be too hard on yourself. We’re all human, and it’s a journey to balance our emotional intelligence in all areas of our lives.

Let’s look at some new strategies that can help us be our best selves, both at work and at home. Here are 12 strategies to boost your Emotional Intelligence in every area of your life:

Applying these strategies can make a significant difference in how we interact and connect with others, enriching both our work environment and our home life. Let’s commit to being attentive and compassionate, irrespective of where we are or whom we’re with.

Here’s to boosting your Emotional Intelligence at work and at home!

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.