When students are connected to themselves in every way—physically, mentally, and emotionally—magic happens. Young learners become clear-headed, confident, and eager to explore the unknown. They work better together, share stronger communications, and overcome obstacles with ease. Be it a work place or be it a school, or in family/ friends circle – Emotional Quotient (EQ) is very important. Emotional Intelligence is an ability to understand, interpret one’s own emotions and as well as others’ and responding appropriately to them. Indian education system has always emphasized on academic results, but is that all we need to get success in our life? Why are students performing very well in schools and called as best students not able to handle the college / peer pressure, is this something which can’t be handled or these students have never been taught about this. Emotions do affect how and what we learn. Being more aware of our emotions and reaction to it will help us manage the stress. Once we learn to understand our emotions we will be able to communicate better. Conversely, lacking in emotional awareness makes learning more difficult because of the effect it has on the mind and body. When we feel out of control of ourselves and how we feel, everything is harder—including learning. Learning emotion management and self-regulation – coupled with other attributes that define a person with a considerable amount of emotional intelligence – takes a fair amount of patience, effort and time on the part of the student undergoing the learning process. Successful students always thank the presence of EQ as one of the most critical factors leading to effective people management, stress control and the ability to analyze one’s actions effectively. This, in turn, is helpful to achieve long-term success in every sphere of life. The good news is that while some children have EQ as a natural talent, for those that don’t, EQ skills can be learned. There has been some clear and focused research that supports this fact. Students can learn how to interact more effectively at work and increase their emotional intelligence. To make this happen, an individual needs to be personally motivated to do this. Individuals need to first have a handle of where they are starting from (assessment) and then understand which of the five components of EQ need the greatest attention.
Each one of these five components has specific elements and action items that can help with an increase in these areas.
Self-Awareness – Take your emotional temperature on a regular basis and asking yourself, “what am I feeling right now?”
Self-Regulation – Creating a list of things that positively impact you to reduce any negative emotion you may be experiencing.
Motivation – Creating a “Vision Board” of those things that you find motivating and goals for which you are striving. Refer to this board often.
Empathy – Identifying a role model that you would describe as empathetic. What are the things that this person does that demonstrates empathy? Which of these qualities can you learn and demonstrate the same?
Social Skills – Creating a calendar for how / when you reach out to others to build stronger relationships.
In nutshell, there is a strong positive correlation between emotional intelligence and academic success. Emotional intelligence can predict students’ academic success as the knowledge of one’s own self, capability to understand others’ feelings and the ability to solve adaptive problems, provides an essential basis for academic learning.