Frameworks is on a mission to instill social and emotional skills in children in grades K-12 in the Tampa area. Its focus is to teach youth to manage their emotions, develop healthy relationships, and make good decisions for academic, personal, and career success; namely, strengthen children’s emotional intelligence. Although the concepts surrounding emotional intelligence (EI) are not new, these soft skills have recently come to light as keys to personal and professional success. The buzz surrounding emotional intelligence has raised questions about what EI entails, how its measured, how its gained, and how it can benefit individuals. Emotional intelligence is comprised of self-regulation, self-awareness, motivation, empathy, and social skills.
Measuring Emotional Intelligence
Much like intelligence, emotional intelligence can be measured. There are a variety of assessments available that can determine the EQ (emotional quotient) of children and adults, as well as assess the organizational performance of a firm. Other tests can create a profile of the brain to determine its top talents and routine processing.
While there are a variety of certified tests available on the internet, self-assessments exist as a testing alternative. To begin a self-evaluation, ask yourself the following questions:
- How do you react to others – Do you judge others at first glance or do you take the time to get to know people?
- How do you act in the work environment – Do you give others a chance to shine or do you claim all recognition for yourself?
- How do you react in stressful situations – Do you keep your emotions under control when things go wrong?
- Do you take responsibility for your reactions or do you shift blame to others?
- Do you examine how your actions may affect others before acting?
- Unlike an EI test, answering these questions will not score an EQ; however, self-evaluations will prompt you to look inward and identify social skills that need improvement.
Improving EQ on a Daily Basis
EI can change over time and grows stronger with focused effort. After identifying areas of weakness in the realm of emotional intelligence, prioritize the skills that need improvement. Daily practices can bring awareness to emotional reactions.
Need help monitoring your emotions? Use an app! Here are 3 free apps dedicated to strengthening EQ:
Benefits of High EQ
Improving EQ not only enhances social skills and communication, but also enhances the ability to successfully interact with other team members at work. Knowing how to control your nervous system and emotions will allow you to remain calm in the face of conflict. High EQ workplaces experience high employee engagement. Low EQ workplaces experience high turnover, burnout, low productivity, and declining sales. These symptoms affect the bottom line.
Just as emotional intelligence affects the professional lives of adults, it can affect the academic lives of children. Children exposed to social and emotional learning are better able to cope with anger and stress, resolve conflicts constructively and collaboratively, develop effective listening and communication skills, and solve their own problems. Not only do these skills increase children’s confidence, but they also increase academic performance.
The above assessments and apps serve as great resources for adults looking to become more self-aware. While emotional intelligence can be learned over time, it is beneficial when learned at a young age. For this reason, Frameworks offers programs for elementary school, middle school, and high school level students. View Frameworks’ resources for more information on social and emotional learning and its impacts on emotional intelligence. Learn from emotional intelligence experts for even more information.