The Emotional Intelligence Appraisal represents a means of exploring my core skills and strengths related to personal and social competence. My score in self-awareness is higher than in self-management; therefore, I must work on improving the context of my emotions when I relate to others. In addition, my score in social awareness is higher than in relationship management. With the former, I am able to recognize what others are feeling in the moment so that I might adjust my perspective accordingly. Since my self-management score is low, I must recognize that my level of negative self-talk is too high and reflects poorly on my ability to achieve adequate self-esteem.
A number of strategies are provided to support my weaknesses in this area, including the recommendation to be more patient when addressing situations and to take the time that is necessary to consider my emotional state before I say the wrong thing (Bradberry and Greaves, 2009). In addition, I must emphasize the freedoms and opportunities that I have rather than to waste a significant amount of time being frustrated (Bradberry and Greaves, 2009). Self-awareness is the key to improving my ability to work and cooperative well with others; therefore, I must emphasize these opportunities and consider the challenges that I face in my daily experiences that impact my personal and professional life (Bradberry and Greaves, 2009).
It is important to identify the scope and relevance of emotional intelligence to the workplace setting. This is perhaps best reflected in the ability to be effective in team-based settings that require my knowledge, expertise, and self-awareness to promote team objectives (Farh et.al, 2012). This is critical in influencing the effectiveness of the team and its desire to perform successfully with the tasks that are given (Farh et.al, 2012). At the same time, emotional intelligence must be discussed openly and honestly from a managerial perspective to facilitate improved performance and results in the workplace setting (Farh et.al, 2012), including my own degree of emotional intelligence in this environment. However, I must recognize that my level of emotional intelligence may be expanded but also controlled so that I will provide a more content and appropriate environment for myself that will be both consistent and permanent (Nelis et.al, 2009). I must also consider the consequences of my behavior and how it impacts my life as well as the lives of those around me. This represents an opportunity to explore the dimensions of my personality that will enable me to be a stronger person and a stronger friend and confidante to others.
I believe that it is necessary to develop a core level of emotional intelligence that will capture the essence of personal and professional development. Emotional intelligence is part of every decision that is made and every action that is taken. Therefore, it must capture the essence of inner strength and self-confidence to invoke an emotional response. As noted in the report, the problem lies with the lack of control over emotion in some cases, thereby creating a wave of perceived instability or low self-esteem within a given situation. Therefore, as a highly emotive person, I must learn how to control my impulses through greater self-awareness of my responses to specific situations. As my self-control grows, I will be able to hold back my emotional response more effectively as needed.
Upon review of the report, I must examine my relationships to other colleagues, peers, and mentors to explore my weaknesses regarding self-awareness and emotional responses to situations. It is important for these individuals to provide me with feedback regarding my efforts to expand my emotional intelligence to increase my self-awareness and self-confidence as best as possible. This will encourage me to take risks but to also recognize when I need to put my emotions in check in response to a specific event for which I might have a strong emotional reaction.
Finally, the report demonstrates that although I possess a strong emotional reaction to events, I must use these emotions in a constructive manner to improve results and to make situations more successful. I believe that this is a core weakness that I must work on so that I am able to recognize when my emotions get the best of me. By using these emotions in a constructive manner, I will be able to recognize my own degree of self-control and awareness of my emotional response.
Bradberry, T., and Greaves, J. (2009). Emotional Intelligence 2.0.
Farh, C.I., Seo, M.G., and Tesluk, P.E. (2012). Emotional intelligence, teamwork effectiveness, and job performance: the moderating role of job context. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97(4), 890-900.
Nelis, D., Quoidbach, J., Mikolajczak, M., and Hansenne, M. (2009). Increasing emotional intelligence: (How) is it possible? Personality and Individual Differences, 47(1), 36-41.