The concept of “emotional intelligence” is getting a lot of attention these days.
Here’s a simple definition:
Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. It is generally said to include three skills: emotional awareness; the ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes regulating your own emotions and cheering up or calming down other people.
It’s obviously connected to Social Emotional Learning (see “Best” Lists Of The Week: Social Emotional Learning Resources).
I don’t have a set lesson plan about it right now, but these are the resources I’m considering using in one:
The Harvard Business Review today published a pretty good article titled Boost Your Emotional Intelligence with These 3 Questions.
I’ve previous shared this piece: Quiz Yourself: Do You Lead with Emotional Intelligence? is from the Harvard Business Review.
And this is a short video of Daniel Goleman, who has been the prime person behind its growing popularity:
One important thing I haven’t found yet that I think would be important to include is a short and accessible review of the research showing the emotional intelligence is, indeed, important.