Emotional Intelligence Self-Assessment
In my review of the relevance and the value of emotional intelligence, I have discovered that my past and recent performance at the work place and in social situations is largely determined by my strengths and weaknesses. Both consciously and unconsciously, I have exercised some of my strengths and weaknesses in ways that impacted significantly to the outcomes. Previously, I have engaged in situations of leadership, which required the input of emotional intelligence in order for the systems to move in the most appropriate direction in accordance with the set objectives.
In all these, my performance was largely dependent on the impact of my personality on the people around me. In sum, I have been able to summarise my strengths and weaknesses into four main categories. In terms of strengths, I have I posses the characters of trustworthiness, and teamwork and cooperation. With regard to my weaknesses I possess the characters of poor communication and lack of self-confidence. The positive attributes of my characters have always provided the necessary synergies for growth and excellence. On the other hand, the negative qualities have often posed challenges in my performance within various discourses.
Trustworthiness is an attribute that promotes the element of harmony at the work place. It is a positive trait that attracts people to others towards the pursuit of common goals. Trustworthiness provides the glue that holds people together towards a common purpose (Goleman 81). It encourages processes of leadership, delegation and team work. My quality of trustworthiness has been most evident in situations that required cooperation and group work. I rate myself at 9. I have always believed in the abilities and honesty of others.
At social and professional associations, friends often remark that I bestow a lot of trust in my groups and colleagues to such levels that enable me to win favours and the confidence of the organization. Sometimes I have often felt that I risk running down processes by bestowing unchecked trust to people of varying levels of competencies. However, I retain the belief that positive working relationships can only be achieved through the cultivation of trust and confidence to the environment and the people around. This, I believe, fits well into the discourse of professionalism and work ethics.
Teamwork and collaboration
Teamwork and collaboration are key determinants of success. An organization will always have people of varying levels and kinds of competencies. Embracing teamwork and collaboration helps people to adjust appropriately to processes and situations by complementing each other’s efforts, skills and talents. Time saving and process ownership are other key benefits that attend to the processes of teamwork. It is important to consider the value of teamwork in relation to the ability harness the multiple abilities of and emotional strengths of workers in order to provide anchorage for tasks within the organization. Personally, I have demonstrated an appreciation of teamwork by engaging actively in tasks and processes that require the application of multiple skills. My ratings for this quality could be placed at 9. For instance, I have previously engaged the teamwork spirit in drafting changes in the work schedules of employees to align with the dominant feelings in the organization. I have always attributed the success of that particular endeavour to the team spirit behind it. I hold onto the view that teamwork and cooperation usually limits the chances of conflict and non-cooperation at the work place.
The art of effective communication is important in promoting harmony and order at the work place and in any social environment. The ability to communicate appropriately with others is important in lessening the chances of conflicts with others. Communication skills are acquired through learning and practice, and determine the effectiveness of performing various processes at the work place. Unfortunately, poor communication skills have cost me various opportunities and delayed the performance of various tasks at the work place. I might rate myself at 4. My challenges in communication have often manifested themselves in terms of lack of emotional control and impatience when making judgments of various situations. For example, I recently lost my temper during a formal meeting when my suggestion for tolerance in handling truants was wrongly interpreted to imply defiance. I believe that regular trainings in matters of communication would help me to adjust ethically and emotionally to multiple challenges.
The art of cultivating self-confidence is integral in the process of leadership and work place associations. Self-confidence inspires the trust of others and earns people positions of leadership and responsibility in various situations (Goleman 79). Personally, lack of self-confidence has been my weakest selling point. I rate myself at 4. I have often hesitated to make my positions known on important matters even when I thought that I held the most appropriate solution to the problem at hand. I am not sure if the problem emanates from matters of inheritance and genetics. However, I endeavour every day to shore up my self-confidence by participating in discussions and finding resourceful support that would help me to adjust well to challenges relating to self-confidence. I believe that coaching would help me to develop the most appropriate levels of self-confidence in order to apply it to various situations.
Goleman, Daniel. Leadership that Gets Results. Harvard Business Review, 78 (2), 78-90.
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