The Case for the Power of Emotional Intelligence and “Soft Skills” for Success in Life

Today I am recommending these two don’t miss articles if you are still a skeptic about the importance of “Soft Skills and Emotional Intelligence” in your personal life or work place success.

  1. We are hard wired for Soft Skills http://www.talk2cei.com/ezine/archive/vol5_num3.asp on the Power of “Soft Skills”

“If you haven’t picked up the September 2008 issue of the Harvard Business Review rush right out and get it! There’s an excellent article in it by Daniel Goleman (author of Emotional Intelligence) and his colleague Richard Boyatzis called “Social Intelligence and the Biology of Leadership.” If you’ve ever had any doubts about how important communication and human relations skills are to your career and personal success, this will settle them once and for all. The authors introduce us to the emerging scientific field of Social Neuroscience, which they define as “the study of what happens in the brain while people interact,” and devote the rest of the article to how the findings of this new science are shedding light on the making of an effective leader…The authors introduce us to the emerging scientific field of Social Neuroscience, which they define as “the study of what happens in the brain while people interact,” and devote the rest of the article to how the findings of this new science are shedding light on the making of an effective leader.

In essence, what we now know because of documented and replicated research studies is that activities and characteristics as empathy and reaching out to others literally affect each person’s brain chemistry. What’s more, some parts of each of the brains involved in an interpersonal encounter of leader-follower interactions “mirror and  “resonate” as one unified system. The research points the way and methods of how great leaders, tap into this brain unification system, leading to highly productive team and interpersonal dynamics and positive emotional engagements at the workplace.

  1. Positive Benefits of the Positivity Ratio http://www.positivityratio.com/sun.php

Research by Dr. Barbara Fredrickson and her colleagues, at the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill show how beneficial positive emotions are when people increase their daily ratio (3-1) shots of positive emotions to negative ones.  People who increase their 3-1 ratio report more energy, meaning and purpose in life. They also find that people who are above the 3-1 positivity ratio receive more social support — or perhaps they just notice it more, because they’re more attuned to the give-and-take between people. In addition, physically they report fewer aches and pains, headaches, lower blood pressure, better heart beats and other physical symptoms. They show mindful awareness of the present “here and now” moment and increase positive relations with others. They feel more productive and effective at what they do. They’re better able to experience and enjoy the good things in life and can see more possible solutions to problems. And they report higher energy levels and sleep better.

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