Human beings are inherently surrounded by emotions from different sources including self. The capacity to identify these emotions and their sources, analyze and categorize them with the view of effective decision making and adaptations is indicative of emotional intelligence (Bariso, 2018). These are the fundamental elements of defining emotional intelligence which is also referred to as emotional quotient (EQ). Therefore, individuals with high levels of emotional quotient are distinguished by their capacity to empathize, thought control, emotional self-awareness and ability to praise others, and receive negative feedbacks and use them as stepping stones to greater success.
Teachers operate in emotionally charged environment marked by students, parents/guardians and even colleagues with different levels of emotional quotient levels. From negative feedbacks to problematic students and colleagues, teaching is a high pressure profession that requires emotional control and sensitivity, and situational awareness through empathy (Bariso, 2018). Teachers can benefit from intelligence through positively impacting the emotions of the students and their colleagues. This will facilitate greater collaboration within the school community. Workplace relationships within the educator sector especially student-teacher relationship are critical in achieving learning objectives and developing all-round students.
Education, like any sector, is dependent of feedbacks and criticism from stakeholders including government agencies, leaders, parents, students and teaching fraternity. Only teachers with high levels of emotional intelligence quotient can learn and benefit from criticism and negative feedback. In cases where such negative feedbacks and criticisms lack any factual grounding, emotionally intelligent teachers can discern the same and see past the irrationality. Such teachers can get past such scenarios and avoid the temptation of becoming emotional hostages especially when such unfounded criticisms and negative feedbacks come from colleagues and students they work with on a daily basis. Moreover, sharper emotional intelligence can help them identify individuals with nefarious intentions who intend to sabotage them emotionally (Bariso, 2018).
Bariso, J. (2018 Feb 28). 13 things emotionally intelligent people do. Inc. Retrieved from: https://www.inc.com/justin-bariso/13-things-emotionally-intelligent-people-do.html