Harris Fanaroff

Emotional Intelligence & Coronavirus

As I was thinking about what I could do to be helpful for my network during this time of uncertainty and craziness of coronavirus, I thought about emotional intelligence and how we can use this time to work on ourselves. Before I do anything else, I figured I’d define emotional intelligence for those that are not as familiar. Emotional Intelligence is the behavior we each engage around self-awareness, self-management (how I know and control myself) and the concern and sensitivity we bring to relationships and to others around us (how I foster and care for my connection with others). The behaviors I bring to the world—that is what my Emotional Intelligence reflects.

The 16 elements of the Emotional Intelligence model we use at OKA, the EQi 2.0, are:

  • Self-regard: respecting oneself; confidence
  • Self-actualization: pursuit of meaning; self-improvement
  • Emotional self-awareness: understanding own emotions
  • Emotional expression: constructive expression of emotions
  • Assertiveness: communicating feelings, beliefs; non-offensive
  • Independence: self-directed; free from emotional dependency
  • Interpersonal relationships: mutually satisfying relationships
  • Empathy: understanding, appreciating how others feel
  • Social Responsibility: social consciousness; helpful
  • Problem solving: find solutions when emotions are involved
  • Reality testing: objective; see things as they really are
  • Impulse control: resist or delay impulse to act
  • Flexibility: adapting emotions, thoughts and behaviors
  • Stress tolerance: copying with stressful situations
  • Optimism: positive attitude and outlook on life
  • Happiness: satisfied with life; content

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing specific action items you can do immediately to work on these emotional intelligence elements during this pandemic. While we are all stronger in some elements over others, there is always an opportunity for growth in all of these.

Stay healthy,