Emotion To Motion

Emotional Intelligence is a wide range of skills that youth of all ages can develop and improve. These skills are critical for emotional well-being and life success including Intrapersonal Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Adaptability, Stress Management and General Mood. These skills are divided into sub-skills that address such things as Problem Solving, Happiness, Flexibility and other critical emotional and social competencies. Emotional intelligence consists of four basic capabilities, or domains. These are self awareness, Self Regulation, Social Awareness and Relationship Management.

Emotional intelligence can greatly impact youth work life and career, so it’s important to understand exactly what it is and why it is so important. Every workplace is comprised of people with different strengths, personalities and emotions, which can greatly affect the way they work.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage youth’s emotions as well as the emotions of others. Emotional intelligence is typically factored into the everyday decisions employers make, such as hiring, firing and promoting employees. Many hiring managers study candidates’ emotional intelligence by asking specific questions during the hiring process, in order to identify those who have a higher degree of emotional intelligence. They also analyze the emotional intelligence of their current employees to determine leadership potential. In addition, when promotions and pay raises are being considered, emotional intelligence is typically factored into the decision. The right academic background, professional experience and certifications are obviously necessary to land a higher position.

Emotional intelligence, however, can be the key to further success, particularly when moving into management positions. Employers say emotionally intelligent managers rate higher in job satisfaction and lower in levels of turnover. If youth career plans include a leadership position, emotional intelligence can help youth develop teams who are happier and more productive in their work, and more likely to stay in their positions. It’s clear that emotional intelligence can be an asset to youth professional life. Unfortunately, though, a lack of emotional intelligence can also have an effect on youth career.

The business world is always changing and emotions are becoming a much more important aspect of working relationships. Having emotional intelligence increases youth chances of being more accepted on teams and considered for leadership positions. It can also set youth apart from the competition when seeking a new position or promotion. Employers are looking for candidates who know how to listen and communicate well – both important aspects of emotional intelligence. They also prefer employees who are adaptable to changing work environments, not rigid and inflexible. Other attributes employers seek in people during the hiring process include self-management, the ability to work in teams and strong leadership potential. All of these competencies are intertwined in emotional intelligence. Developing youth emotional intelligence is a sound career strategy. In today’s global business world, where teamwork is essential to success, emotional intelligence can make youth an asset to any employer.