Self-confidence and decisive action
Steven training to be a Barrister-at-Law in England had passed his exams with high grades. But he now had to attend formal dinners at the Inns of Court before he could qualify to practice law. Why was it so important to have these dinners? How could eating meals with lawyers and judges make Steven a better lawyer?
The answer lies in a professional training regime that combines the rigours of developing both intellectual intelligence through formal classes and emotional intelligence through interaction with senior lawyers and judges who impart their experience, knowledge and wisdom in a social setting.
When Steven asked a judge for advice on the essential books he needed to buy to build his law library, he was advised to buy and read the complete works of Shakespeare. Through his plays you will encounter and come to understand all the different types of human characters, emotions and personalities. You will learn why we need to deploy certain social skills to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients.
Understanding social behaviour promotes emotional intelligence. Navigating behaviour and social complexities is vital for making the right decisions and taking the right action. Having high emotional intelligence can lead to greater success for professionals and business leaders.
It is vital to understand our personal and social capabilities.
In the case of our personal capabilities, we need to be self-aware of our emotions and be able to self-manage our behaviour so we feel good about our actions and ourselves.
In the case of our social capabilities we need to understand the feelings and moods of other people and be able to respond effectively to achieve positive outcomes in our social relationships.
Improving Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence is a set of skills that can be acquired and improved through practice. Learn from mentors, coaches, consultants and successful leaders in your networking groups. Get interested in the people you interact with in business and in the wider community.
In trying to understand your personal emotions and behaviour always ask “why” you are behaving or feeling the way you do.
Charlie an entrepreneur realized that whenever he felt stressed he would drink more beers than usual. One day in conversation with his business consultant he realised that every time he postponed a difficult business decision he would feel stressed. To relax he would have a few beers.
Charlie learned to become self-aware as to what made him feel stressed. Instead of going for a beer he would call up his consultant. Together they would work out a plan of action with simple achievable steps that resulted in him confidently making a decision. Today he owns a very successful bar where he spends his time selling beers instead of drinking too much.
High emotional intelligence tends to lead to high performance because we do our best work when we feel good about ourselves.
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