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Mar122012

« 18. High emotional intelligence: Emotional reasoning »

Written by Rachel Green. Director, The Emotional Intelligence Institute, accredited MSCEIT consultant.

There are many advantages of being able to include high-level emotional reasoning skills in certain types of decision making, especially decisions involving people, people management and self-management.

Whenever there are people involved there are emotions to be considered. This is why emotional intelligence and EQ are important

I will list a few of the benefits here and encourage you to add your own.

5 advantages of having high-level skills in emotional reasoning.

  1. Your decision making may be enhanced when you consider more information in the process. Emotional reasoning will add to the richness of your decision making and better promote creative and flexible thinking.
  2. You will have a greater opportunity to acknowledge the complexity of certain situations and to consider the many different angles involved, rather than taking a single focused approach and excluding data that will influence the final outcome.
  3. Decisions may be more balanced.
  4. You will have a greater range of options when explaining your decisions to employees, managers or stakeholders. If you can predict how they will feel on explaining your decision in one way, then predict how they will feel when it is explained or approached in a different way, you have the opportunity to select the best explanation and the best outcome.
  5. You may gain greater buy-in from others into decisions that are made.

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4 more advantages of high-level skills in emotional reasoning.

  1. You are more likely to maintain or develop employee engagement if you factor how employees feel into your decision making.
  2. Your decisions are more likely to be healthy ones. For example, if you realise your family feels neglected and undervalued because of your long working hours, and decide to work more effectively, you may have more quality time with them, and help your relationships and your health.
  3. You may make fewer mistakes.
  4. Research by Joseph Forgas, et al. at the University of NSW has shown that thought and emotion are closely intertwined and that emotions and cognition are not separate. Instead they found that, "feelings have a multifaceted influence on everything that we think or do; particularly when we need to think in an open, constructive way". This is something that is frequently required, especially of leaders, in the workplace. By being aware of your feelings in your decision making and reasoning you gain more control over a process that will occur automatically whether you are aware of it or not.

How high is your emotional intelligence and emotional reasoning? Could you be missing out important information? Do you make well balanced people decisions?

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