The seventh element of emotional intelligence is interpersonal relationships. Interpersonal relationships is my highest component of the EQi, and an element that I highly value in both my personal and professional life. Interpersonal relationships is defined by the EQi 2.0 as “your ability and tendency to give and receive trust and compassion and to establish and maintain mutually satisfying personal relationships.” Interpersonal relationships is rooted in compassion & trust, vulnerability, and personal connections.
Covid-19 has made creating and developing relationships a bit more difficult as we haven’t been able to get together in-person. A lot of relationships are built and advanced by having that physical connection and being able to look someone in the eye, give a handshake, and sometimes even hug. Getting together may be impossible during this time, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t create and enhance our relationships. A big part of changing the misconception around relationships in Covid-19 is the verbiage we use and therefore switching “social distancing,” to “physical distancing,”
Given this, I wanted to share three ways we can work on our interpersonal relationships during Covid-19 when we can’t get together in-person:
- Consider expanding some behavioral elements (listening with compassion, regularly checking in, asking about family/friends) that you may only do with a small group of individuals to a few additional people. This will help you grow your circle.
- Tell a friend, family member, or co-worker why your grateful for them. Acknowledging and expressing appreciation will in turn strengthen the relationship.
- Reach out to one person a week that you haven’t talked to in a while and just ask how their doing amidst all of this.