Have you ever stood back and admired those individuals who just seem to navigate life with grace and ease? They’re the ones who not only climb the ladder of success but also build meaningful relationships along the way. It’s not just luck; it’s Emotional Intelligence (EI) at play.

Discovering the Heart of Emotional Intelligence

What truly defines emotional intelligence? Through the lens of experts at Yale and Harvard, it’s about mastering a few key abilities:

  • Steering through emotions with finesse during life’s tough moments.
  • Building and nurturing relationships that matter, and working harmoniously with others.
  • Facing challenges and seizing opportunities with a collective spirit.
  • Showing genuine empathy and being fully present for others.
  • Rising above adversity, learning from failures, and bouncing back stronger.

The Ripple Effect of Your Leadership: YOU ARE CONTAGIOUS

As a leader, the energy you radiate is infectious. Research by the HeartMath Institute illustrates a fascinating dynamic: emotions harbored in the heart resonate through every cell in your body and can be sensed by others within a ten-foot radius.

Pause for a moment and think:

What emotions do you predominantly share with the world?
How might others perceive your emotional state?

In the face of life’s constant changes, I find solace in reminding myself to approach each twist and turn with a calm heart. A quick stroll or a ten-minute yoga break works wonders for me, helping me reset and be my best self.

Which of these habits resonates with you the most?

Is there one you’d like to bring more of into your life this week?

Here’s to growing your leadership with emotional intelligence!

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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.