Develop Emotional Intelligence With Social Awareness
Researchers found that people with higher emotional intelligence (EQ) outperformed people with higher IQs in 70% of tested cases. It therefore became important for people to develop EQ, and especially social awareness, to succeed in a competitive working environment.
Emotional intelligence is the process of gathering the basic skills needed to consistently achieve positive results with effective management of social complexities and behavioral traits. While personal competence focuses on self-management and self-awareness skills, social competence is the process of developing skills to manage relationships and increase awareness.
Visualizing The Bigger Picture
Simply put, if individuals can gauge emotions of people around them, they see the bigger picture. Social awareness and relationship management combine to create an emotionally intelligent individual with a high level of social competence. Definite skill sets must be mastered to be socially aware of happenings directly or indirectly affecting self and others.
Develop Understanding: Empathy was not understood for a long time in the workplace. Managers and organizations had no time to deal with employee feelings. However, businesses today have realized effective leadership can create a smooth working environment with high levels of productivity simply by understanding the feelings of other people.
The emotional status of a colleague or subordinate becomes the center of attention in the workplace. Decisions are made considering these feelings and thoughts. They invariably benefit the entire group but may have addressed feelings of a single participant. The net result is higher productivity based on increased involvement by the entire group.
Develop The Caring Attitude: Youngsters in some instances find it difficult to slow down and think of others first. For example, students focused on graduating from prestigious organizations do not find time to interact with others. By missing out on being at the same emotional level as other students, they fail to gain their trust. Such individuals are labelled as uncaring. By caring for other people’s values and needs, you seek and gain their approval.
How To Develop Social Awareness
- Be aware of the diversity existing in the workplace and throughout society. Individual differences must be considered and uniqueness appreciated. Communication is the most effective tool to understand diversity. For example, leaders can communicate with subordinates across an organization to better understand a group’s present state of mind.
- Develop a habit of indulging in social awareness. The process helps build emotional intelligence one step at a time. Building blocks are solidly in place, and the individual can recognize self-improvement continuously. The human mind synchronizes with feelings and increases awareness of what’s happening within the organization.
- Pay attention to what others say. While communicating with an individual, a simple change in facial expression may demonstrate a high level of attention being paid to what the person is trying to say. Listen with attention, participate with questions related to the person’s emotional state, and present body language that satisfies the emotional state.
- Pick up emotional cues to feel more comfortable in a social environment. The positive effect is a higher understanding of power within the group and being able to find a place acceptable to all.
Benefits Of Increasing Social Awareness
Improved Health: A socially-aware individual is able to withstand stress and is less susceptible to mood swings and depression.
Improved Relationships: The world around us begins to have new meaning. People are friendlier, and you are able to interact more easily with people. An increase in EQ is demonstrated by you being able to understand how others feel and being able to establish stronger relationships with people.
Better Performance: Performers are recognized and rewarded in the workplace. Emotionally intelligent individuals with social awareness naturally attract the best job prospects and have much higher success rates as compared to people with just higher IQ levels.