Self-perception within emotional intelligence

In our journey of understanding the importance and relevance of emotional intelligence to enhance performance and behavior, we are going to look at a psychometric tool called EQi 2.0.  As you can read in our previous blog , this tool divides emotional intelligence into five headlines areas. Today, we’ll explore the first one called “Self-Perception”. Before we explain the theory behind Self-Perception we’ll take a look at how it works in everyday life.

Everyday life

The headline area of Self-Perception has great influence for what goes on for us individually, which in turn can easily influence others’ experience of us and the impact of our behaviour on people and situations.  One of the High Impact coaches was recently coaching a senior leader in an international organisation.  The leader had a high Self-Regard and Self-Actualisation, which in most situations worked more than effectively for confidently achieving tasks, projects and activities.  However, when workload demand increased their behaviour drove themselves to work even harder and demand more from the people they were working with.  This had impact in two ways, firstly, on their wellbeing and health, being less aware of what was going on inside was a result of their lower scoring Emotional Self-Awareness.  Secondly, although they were achieving  at a high level they felt unclear about what was going on for them, which in turn was influencing how they were communicating with others.  These mixed messages were having more impact for themselves and others, creating difficulty in their relationships.

A little more theory

There is a key reason why we focus on self-perception at the start.  To be fully effective with inspiring, motivating and engaging others it is essential you have heightened self-awareness, confidence and belief.  Knowing, liking and respecting you and especially understanding your strengths and weaknesses, in the EQi 2.0 tool this is called “Self-Regard”. The second scale is “Self-Actualisation,” this applies to our motivation and desire to achieve meaningful activities in our lives and the willingness to fulfil our dreams and life goals, both personally and professionally. The third scale within the Self Perception headline is “Emotional Self-Awareness”, an understanding towards how well we know what goes on for us inside and what this means. This scale goes deeper than just knowing how you feel but understanding why you have that set of feelings or emotions about a given situation.  What makes you want to act a certain way and what impact do emotions have on you and your influence with people in work and socially?

Summary

In a nutshell understanding “Self-Perception” will allow an individual to know himself or herself at an enhanced level, which leads to a more confident lifestyle and ultimately better performance on both a practical, personal and professional level.

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