Published:  02:26 AM, 05 July 2019

Emotional intelligence for developing the youth

Emotional intelligence for developing the youth

As Bangladesh is aspiring to become a developed nation by 2041, its youth must play the vital role. However from my experience of teaching at the university level for more than 15 years I have observed that our youth do not get proper guidance. As a result they fail to understand what their true potentials are and most often they develop their expertise in an area which is different from what they should have developed.

Theoretically they lack of awareness which is the fundamental requirement to become emotionally intelligent. As the resources becoming scarcer, great companies always look for employees who can be creative. Science suggests that every child is born as genius but majority loose it as they follow the footprints of others. We must develop our own identity and then if we can devote time in it we can excel. Education on Emotional intelligence can help our youth to identity their true potentials and they can contribute to build a prosperous country.

Emotional intelligence involves the ability to understand and manage emotions. Experts agree that this type of intelligence plays an important role in success, and some have suggested that emotional intelligence might even be more important than IQ. In any case, research has suggested that emotional intelligence is linked to everything from decision-making to academic achievement.

So what does it take to be emotionally intelligent? Psychologist and best-selling author Daniel Goleman has suggested that there are five components critical to emotional intelligence: Self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills.

Self-awareness is the ability to recognize and understand your own emotions and is a critical part of emotional intelligence. It is not just recognizing your emotions but alsobeing aware of the effect of your own actions, moods, and emotions of other people.Self-aware individuals recognize the relationships between the things they feel and how they behave. These individuals are also able to recognize their own strengths and limitations, are open to new information and experiences, and learn from their interactions with others.

Goleman suggests that people who possess this self-awareness have a good sense of humor, are confident in themselves and their abilities, and are aware of how other people perceive them.

Notwithstanding monitoring your own feelings and the effect you have on others, emotional intelligence expects you to have the option to direct and deal with your feelings. This doesn't mean putting feelings on lock-down and concealing your actual sentiments - it basically means hanging tight for the correct time, spot, and road to express your feelings. Self-regulation is all about expressing your emotions appropriately.

Goleman suggests that those with solid self-guideline aptitudes are high in reliability. They are attentive of how they impact others and assume liability for their very own activities.

Intrinsic motivation also plays a key role in emotional intelligence. Individuals who are genuinely insightful are propelled by things past minor outside remunerations like notoriety, cash, acknowledgment, and approval. Rather, they have an enthusiasm to satisfy their very own inward needs and objectives.

They look for things that lead to interior prizes, experience stream from being absolutely tuned in to a movement, and seek after pinnacle encounters. Empathy, or the ability to understand how others are feeling, is completely basic to emotional intelligence. Be that as it may, this includes something beyond having the option to perceive the enthusiastic conditions of others.

Being empathetic additionally enables individuals to comprehend the power elements that frequently impact social connections, particularly in work environment settings. Those capable here can detect who have control in various connections, see how these powers impact emotions and practices, and precisely translate various circumstances that depend on such power elements.

Being able to interact well with others is another important aspect of emotional intelligence. True emotional understanding includes something other than understanding your own feelings and the sentiments of others - you likewise should probably give this data something to do in your everyday collaborations and interchanges.

In professional settings, managers benefit by being able to build relationships and connections with employees, while workers can benefit from being able to develop a strong rapport with leaders and co-workers. Some significant social aptitudes incorporate undivided attention, verbal relational abilities, nonverbal relational abilities, initiative, and influence.


The writer is associate professor & Head of School of Business, Canadian University of Bangladesh

-S.M. Arifuzzaman

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