Emotional Intelligence (EQ) IS an Exit Skill Set / by Kerri
Emotional health must be taught and modeled. This is a core leadership skill set. For all of us, emotional intelligence encompasses five basic areas of mastery. They are:
- Knowing your feelings and using them to make life decisions you can live with.
- Being able to manage your emotional life without being hijacked by it; not being paralyzed by depression or worry, or swept away by anger.
- Persisting in the face of setbacks and channeling your impulses in order to pursue your goals.
- Empathy reading other people’s emotions without their having to tell you what they are feeling.
- Handling feelings in relationships with skill and harmony – being able to articulate the unspoken pulse of a group, for example.
The scope of these skills means there is indeed room for all of us to learn, grow, and improve. There is a lot to learn here. Learning about emotional intelligence, learning about the tools to develop these skills; that’s only the beginning.
It’s like reading all the books on sailing and small boat sailing. You then have the theory mastered, but you have no hands-on practice. It’s only with practice that we gain mastery of anything. That’s true of our feelings and emotions too! The scope of these skills means there is indeed room for all of us to learn, grow, and improve. Learning about emotional intelligence, that’s only the beginning.
Assessment tools are a great way to learn to identify your emotions. – Energy efficiency tools are invaluable in helping you tap into inner wisdom and resources to manage your emotions and understand what the best choices are when you are making big life decisions.
Persistence can be learned. In fact, providing challenges and hardships to children, to give them an opportunity to develop persistence and stick-to-itiveness, is intrinsic in many cultures. Goal-setting and daily lists are just two tools you can apply immediately.
Developing empathy is powerful in critical business situations like a client sales call; closing the sale of your business; your management style, etc. Using emotional intelligence tools and skills will allow you to pay attention to your instincts instead of second-guessing yourself.
Once you learn to be the manager of your feelings, it becomes an easy habit to apply in any business or personal relationship.
Mastery of all the basics does not occur overnight. But with practice it comes very quickly – just like learning to ride a bicycle. Once you experience how it’s ‘supposed to work’, how it is ‘supposed to feel’, it’s easier and easier to reestablish in a variety of circumstances.
That’s where mastery is achieved. That’s where you and everyone in your business benefit from your mastery.
This skill set is essential and a critical element for you to successfully navigate the transformation of your business into a wealth producing machine with a championship team the buyer will want to hold on to. Your mastery of emotional intelligence sets the bar for your entire team. If you are stressed out by the exit options or due diligence, your team could run. If you are in control, leading the exit process confidently, your team will do anything to ensure the best outcome.