I was all set to write a jaunty note about new year’s resolutions and the fresh start of January. But my mind isn’t there yet. Right now I’m still caught up in December.
That’s the best part about EQ – we all have it. We’re all aware that some things come easier to us, and other areas are where we struggle. We all know – for the most part – that there are ways we can improve our EQ. That’s the other great part – it’s something that we can actually develop. It’s not like IQ, where you pretty much have the brains you have. With EQ, you can work to develop and strengthen areas that are important for you.
EQ doesn’t just apply to leaders – it benefits everyone in a workplace. Qualities like Interpersonal Relationships, Flexibility, and Problem Solving are beneficial for individual contributors as well. In fact, if you start developing your EQ before you move into a leadership role, you’ll have a much greater chance for success.
I’m a big reader, reading more than one book a month, usually fiction or memoirs. I’ve also had these three books on the go for the past couple of months, dipping into them when I have time. As I looked at them sitting on the edge of my desk the other day, I realized that they represent my leadership development theory in book form.
I used to really dislike this statement. I didn’t believe it could be true. How could I not take things personally? I believed that if you were dedicated to your job, then everything that happened at work was personal. I believed that my success or failure was always directly connected to how well I did my work. I felt that my efforts, my faults, my omissions were the sole cause when things didn’t work out perfectly. It was personal.
I'm back home from vacation and excited to jump back into work. I have a long to-do list, and some projects I want to get started on right away. I’m energized, but I can feel the beginnings of that feeling of overwhelm...you might be familiar with this. The feeling that you're so busy that you don't know where to start.
The Japanese have a concept called “forest bathing”. If this gives you an image of someone in a bathtub among the trees, let me define it more clearly. Forest bathing means spending time in nature, absorbing the calm and peace of the trees and natural surroundings. The key to forest bathing is that you don’t need to DO anything other than absorb your surroundings.