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Mar122012

« 21. High EI: Emotional self-control »

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

Emotional self-control is a key component of emotional intelligence and EQ.

There are many advantages in being able to control your strong emotions at work.

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

4 advantages of high-level emotional self-control at work.

  1. You will be better able to think clearly in stressful situations. Strong "negative" emotions can alter and distort your perspective and lead you to become too focused on one negative aspect of a situation. By controlling them you are more likely to be able to see the bigger picture and keep things in perspective. This is an important contribution that emotional intelligence can make.
  2. You will maintain trust more easily by having greater consistency in behaviour and by not hijacking interactions, meetings or presentations.
  3. People are less likely to be intimidated or frightened of you and will be more inclined to tell you what is happening, admit to their mistakes, and keep you informed. Managers and leaders do not benefit from secrecy or people tip-toeing around them. This is yet another reason emotional intelligence matters.
  4. You will maintain self-respect and not have to fear embarrassing yourself, damaging your career, or frequently having to back-track, apologise or beg forgiveness.

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Further resources on the Mayer Salovey emotional intelligence model.

3 more advantages of high-level emotional self-control at work.

  1. You will be better able to concentrate and stay focused, and thus have enhanced productivity and shortened working hours.
  2. Your emotional well-being will be enhanced and you will be healthier. Strong "negative" emotions can take a damaging toll on your body and mind which you can avoid by controlling them. Emotional intelligence has health benefits.
  3. You may be better able to deal effectively with difficult situations without strong emotions taking over, so that you gain the appreciation, respect and recognition you deserve.

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