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13October

2018

Emotional Intelligence with Mindset Transformation

The science of emotions has shown that our emotions guide our thinking and behavior and vice-versa. Positive emotions broaden and build our thinking and cause us to show more engaging behaviours. For example, when we experience positive emotions we tend to show more interest, pay more attention, ask more questions and, interact with others in a more open and exploratory fashion. These engaging behaviours, in turn, are essential for adopting a transformational mindset

The converse is also true. Negative emotions narrow and limit our thinking and cause us to show less-engaged behaviours. We tend to show less interest in what is being said, look for the fault or problem in others’ propositions, and be more defensive when our own propositions are challenged. Negative emotions, therefore, tend to facilitate a more corrupted mindset. 

Emotional intelligence is the capacity that gives us an insight into our emotional state, and, therefore, whether we are likely adopting a Transformational (growth) or Corrupted (fixed) mindset. Therefore, it is critical to our mental and behavioural agility and our capacity to shift between Transformational and Corrupted Mindsets.

In workplaces, the more emotional intelligence people have, the more likely they are to be mentally and behaviourally agile and, therefore, adopt Transformational Mindsets. But you may ask, isn’t emotional intelligence about doing the right things? The answer is yes, but how you start out to do them is important as well. What is your mindset going in to the situation?

Therefore, Emotional Intelligence with Mindset Transformation learning and development implemented across a workforce can help organisations grow a Transformational Mindset culture.

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