What is Social and Emotional Intelligence?

Social + Emotional Intelligence is a form of intelligence that drives our success in work and in life and in our relationships with others.  While the concept of social and emotional intelligence is starting to become more widely understood, many are still somewhat unsure of exactly what it is and how it can add to their success on the job and in their personal lives.


Social and emotional intelligence is about being aware of ourselves and others, in the moment, and using that awareness to manage ourselves (our behavior, our responses to stressful or challenging situations), and manage our relationships with others.


The truth is, the most successful people in work and in life have the ability to manage themselves and manage their relationships with others.


Social and emotional intelligence (S+EI or sometimes referred to as EI or EQ) encompasses many skill sets, including stress management, resilience, managing conflict productively, powerful influencing skills, catalyzing change, teamwork and collaboration, building trust and much more.


Unfortunately, we see it most when it’s lacking – think of the boss who explodes when a deadline is missed, or the co-worker whom no one trusts.  These people are limited by their lack of S+EI skills


The good news?  S+EI can be learned and strengthened throughout our lives.  It’s never too late to add these essential skills to your career strategy, and research concludes the fastest way to enhance your S+EI skills is through coaching. 

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