06 Aug The EI Learning Curve
Embracing Life as a Student of Emotion
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Merriam-Webster defines learning as “The activity or process of gaining knowledge or skill by studying, practicing, being taught, or experiencing something.”
For those of us who seek to master emotional intelligence, our process of learning is crucial. All of Merriam-Webster’s designated steps are required: study, practice, and of course, experience.
In order to become emotionally intelligent, we must first become true students of our emotions, and of the emotions of others. Becoming a student of emotion isn’t always easy; after all, it’s not just what you choose to learn, but how you learn it that counts.
“How we learn shapes what we know and what we can do,” says an article in Time Magazine, “Our knowledge and our abilities are largely determined not by our IQ or some other fixed measure of intelligence, but by the effectiveness of our learning process: call it our learning quotient.” http://ideas.time.com/2011/10/12/the-science-of-how-we-learn/
Learning about emotion requires patience, curiosity, and a willingness to explore. Embrace the EI learning curve. Here are some easy steps to help you get started as a student of emotional intelligence:
Get to Know Your Professors
In any kind of learning situation, you need great teachers. In studying emotional intelligence, you’ll not only learn from experienced professionals like Evelyn Olivares, but also from the people on your team, from your family, your friends, and the relationships you build with them.
Tackle Your Assignments
Almost every day, you’ll be handed an assignment. Don’t worry, in the study of EI, assignments don’t come in essay form; they come in real-life scenarios that test your patience, your empathy, and your compassion. Remember, each assignment is important, and each is packed with value and learning potential.
Strive for Excellence
In EI there’s no written test, no end-of-year exam. There’s only the results of your leadership, your compassion, and your communication. Remember to challenge yourself, and to keep the bar high. Don’t worry about making mistakes – every leader does, and those mistakes are the fuel that keep your leadership potential alive.
Grow from the Challenge
Like any lesson, the more energy you put into your emotional intelligence, the more insight you get out of it. Watch as your EI skills evolve, transform, and deepen with every step you take.