How Does Emotional Intelligence Relate To Good Judgement
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People with higher emotional intelligence are more aware of their emotions and how they affect others around them. They are also better able to control their own emotions and relate well to other people.
Good judgement is related to your understanding of moral right and wrong, but it goes beyond that. It includes knowing when something is ethical or unethical, just or unjust.
It means recognizing what’s fair versus not in situations such as workplace disputes, government regulations, and social norms.
Emotional intelligence (EI) helps you achieve all of this by giving you insight into your own feelings and those of others.
You can learn about yours and theirs from talking about things, watching behaviors, and reading body language.
This article will discuss some ways that EI relates to good judgment. You'll see that having high levels of both correlates very closely. In fact, there's one theory which suggests that emotional intelligence is a major factor in determining if someone has bad judgement or not.
We’ll talk about that theory later in the article, but for now let’s look at some examples of how being emotionally intelligent can help you develop good judgement.
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Link between emotional intelligence and job satisfaction
Recent studies have linked higher levels of emotional quotient (EQ) with greater work-related happiness and success. In fact, there is an emerging theory that argues that being able to manage your emotions is what helps you achieve your career goals.
This theory was first proposed in 2007 by Daniel Goleman, who coined the term “emotional literacy”.1 He described it as the ability to identify and understand your own feelings and those of others and use this information to promote effective functioning at work and in other areas of your life.
Since then, many experts have suggested that having more emotional literacy can help you be happier at work, enjoy meeting new people, and find satisfying relationships. These include colleagues and friends, as well as romantic partners.2,3
There are several tests to determine if someone has high EQ or not. One of the most popular ones is called the ‘Interpersonal Relationships Scale’ – but making judgments about whether someone has low EQ depends on how they respond in a situation rather than just looking at their overall level.4
So even if someone seems very calm and collected outside of work, it may be that they feel insecure or uncomfortable around certain individuals and/or situations. This could make them seem less friendly and approachable, which might hurt their chances of professional advancement.
Alternatively, some people may put on a fake smile for too long, leaving them feeling unhappy and stressed.
Link between emotional intelligence and effective leadership
Developing your emotional literacy is an important part of being an effective leader. Being aware of your own emotions, as well as those of others around you, is a key factor in creating productive relationships and environments.
Many believe that EQ is related to how people perceive and interpret things – what we call ‘good judgement’. Therefore, individuals with high levels of emotional intelligence are thought to be more likely to use good judgment when making decisions.
Research suggests that having higher levels of EI can help promote better decision-making by reducing the influence of personal biases and prejudices.
It has also been linked to greater job satisfaction and engagement, because employees feel valued and wanted.
Furthermore, there is some evidence to suggest that highly emotionally intelligent leaders get better performance from their team members.
Ways to improve your emotional intelligence
In other words, how well you manage your emotions is related to how well you do things such as hold down a job, keep relationships going, and succeed in life. Your EQ makes a big difference in how well you cope with everyday challenges and problems, and it can even help prevent situations from occurring in the first place.
That’s why being more aware of your own feelings and those around you is so important. Being able to recognize what motivates you and what doesn’t, and changing your behaviour according to these motivations, goes a long way towards improving your overall quality of life.
There are several strategies that have been shown to increase someone’s EI, or emotional intelligence. Here we will discuss some ways to boost yours!
Topic and idea summary
- There are many different factors that make up our personal EQ.
- Some of these components come naturally to most people, while others must be worked on.
- This article will talk about three main concepts for increasing your EQ.
- They are understanding your own emotions, other people's emotions, and learning how to identify the emotion behind a statement or action.
If you ever feel like there is a gap between who you are and what you say, this may indicate low levels of empathy. If you can't relate to what somebody else is feeling, then they won't think very highly of you, and thus you'll lose confidence in yourself.
Hold on to your feelings
Most people are not comfortable experiencing strong emotions. You may have experienced times in your life when you needed to really feel something, like after watching a very emotional movie or listening to a heavy song.
It is quite difficult to focus on other things while your mind and body are still feeling some sort of intensity. It takes a lot of effort to get through that process, which is why most people do not do it often.
When you are having a hard time holding onto your thoughts or feelings, it can be helpful to try using another tool.
This tool is called mindfulness.
Mindfulness comes from the Buddhist religion and was originally designed to help individuals practice meditation. Today, however, anyone can learn how to use mindfulness for anything they want.
Some uses include learning how to hold onto their thoughts longer, improving their self-confidence, and enhancing their overall well-being.
Be honest with your peers
As we know, good judgement comes from being able to evaluate situations realistically and without bias. Being able to recognize when someone is lying is another important part of having good judgements.
However, what most people don’t realize is that emotional intelligence can also play an important role in determining whether or not someone is telling the truth.
Emotional intelligence refers to how well you are aware of and control your emotions. It looks at things such as how much empathy you have for other people, and if you use logic rather than emotion to determine something, then it is considered to have high levels of rationality.
A person who has a high level of emotional intelligence will probably try harder to be truthful than one who does not. Because they understand why telling a lie would not make them feel better, they are less likely to say anything just because they do not want to seem like a liar.
Furthermore, they will more often choose silence over saying something false because they can perceive the consequences of doing so. They will weigh up the pros and cons before making a decision, which takes longer, but helps ensure that their choice is correct.
Be honest with your superiors
Sometimes, in the workplace, we see people who don’t seem very emotionally intelligent. They never show many emotions and they are not very good at recognizing other people's emotional states.
This is sometimes referred to as having a low level of empathy. It can be difficult to tell if someone is feeling happy or sad because they don’t display it well.
Some experts say that being able to read and understand how others feel takes away the need for them to express their own feelings. This may help you work more effectively with others.
However, there are times when keeping quiet isn’t appropriate. When this is the case, you should be aware of your personal limitations about emotion so you do not make things worse by trying to be too expressive.
It is also important to recognize your own emotions and what makes you feel different levels of happiness or sadness.
Be honest with your peers
As mentioned before, emotional intelligence (EI) is related to good judgement because it helps you identify what type of behavior is appropriate in certain situations.
If someone comes across as angry or irritable when they should be happy, this indicates that their EI isn’t very high. On the other hand, if someone seems too calm and relaxed while something important is happening, this suggests that their level of mental control is strong.
Judging someone according to how they seem can help us determine whether they have low levels of emotional regulation or not. If people are trying hard to appear happier than them, it may indicate that they feel insecure around them and fear being judged.
This could mean that they don’t trust themselves or think much about life beyond work. Alternatively, they may worry a lot which de-emphasizes the importance of things like family and friends.
Being authentic is more than just being yourself, it is having an understanding of who you are and what you believe in and then putting that into practice. It is staying true to yourself and your values.
Research has shown that people who are able to identify and understand their emotions also use these skills when interacting with others.
By using these strategies, they can effectively control their emotional responses and therefore their behaviour towards other people.
This includes controlling how much anger or hurt someone makes them feel before, during and after a conversation.
Furthermore, they will be aware if someone is trying to influence or chat away from getting into an argument or discussion about important topics.
Emotional intelligence – or EQ as it’s often called – allows us to manage our own feelings and those of others, which helps us enjoy our relationships more.