Why Develop Your Social + Emotional Intelligence

Social + Emotional Intelligence is a form of intelligence that drives our success in work and in life and in our relationships with others.  While the concept of social and emotional intelligence is starting to become more widely understood, many are still somewhat unsure of exactly what it is and how it can add to their success on the job and in their personal lives.

Social and emotional intelligence is about being aware of ourselves and others, in the moment, and using that awareness to manage ourselves (our behavior, our responses to stressful or challenging situations), and manage our relationships with others.
The truth is, the most successful people in work and in life have the ability to manage themselves and manage their relationships with others.

Social and emotional intelligence (S+EI or sometimes referred to as EI or EQ) encompasses many skill sets, including stress management, resilience, managing conflict productively, powerful influencing skills, catalyzing change, teamwork and collaboration, building trust and much more.

Unfortunately, we see it most when it’s lacking – think of the boss who explodes when a deadline is missed, or the co-worker whom no one trusts.  These people are limited by their lack of S+EI skills.

The good news?  S+EI can be learned and strengthened throughout our lives.  It’s never too late to add these essential skills to your career strategy, and research concludes the fastest way to enhance your S+EI skills is through coaching. 

The Benefits of SEI

Studies show that Social + Emotional Intelligence is scientifically proven to:

  • Boost Sales (American Express, L’Oreal)
  • Increase Profits (McDonnell Douglas, Ciba)
  • Reduce Turnover (U.S. Air Force, Symantec)
  • Transform your organization’s culture to one of lively creativity & collaboration

In fact, Sanofi-Aventis reported an ROI = 600% for their training and coaching. For every $6 invested in EI training and coaching they earned 600% back.

You get the most from your training dollar if you support  the new learning with coaching.  According to recent studies, coaching plus training boosted the ROI on the “social + emotional intelligence” training investment four-fold over training alone.

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