The sixth element of emotional intelligence is independence. Independence is defined by the EQi 2.0 as “your ability and tendency to be self-directed in your thinking, feeling, and actions – to go at it alone when needed.” Independence is rooted in our autonomy, self-determination, and self-sufficiency.
Independence is playing a big role in our current Covid-19 life whether we like it or not. For the individual that is used to working and collaborating on projects constantly with their co-workers who sit near them, life has been turned upside down. We no longer have the opportunity to ask a quick question to a co-worker who sits next to you or have a quick discussion about the current project at the coffee machine. It’s in our best interest to identify opportunities where we can develop our independence so that when it is forced upon us, we are better prepared.
With that being said, I wanted to share three ways we can work on our independence:
- Engage in a project, effort, or make a decision without first seeking affirmation, guidance, or permission from someone else.
- If there is an opportunity for someone on your team to work alone or make a solo contribution, volunteer to take this on.
- Note to yourself – at least 3 times a day – how and where your ideas and opinions differ from others’ around you.