In my last blog I talked about emotional intelligence (EQ) and how we can improve our EQ by becoming more self aware, recognising our strengths and weakness as well as fostering and improving our relationships with others.
Complimenting our EQ is our emotional resilience. Like emotional intelligence our level of resilience is affected by our personality but we can learn ways to improve our resilience.
More and more companies are supporting their employees in ways that increase their resilience in order to help adapt to ever growing pressure and changes.
A report on this can be found on the Mental health website http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/emotional-resilience-toolkit/
According to Robertson Cooper there are 4 areas that make up emotional resilience.
- Confidence – being competent and effective in what you do, being able to cope in a variety of situations
- Social Support – establishing good relationships and seeking support when needed
- Adaptability – being flexible and adaptable to the situations you find yourself in
- Purposefulness – having a sense of purpose, clear values, motivation and drive.
These areas have parallels with emotional intelligence of self awareness, self management and social management. As we improve our EQ so our emotional resilience grows.
You may have already a degree of resilience just through being who you are. These are some typical traits of a resilient person:-
- Emotional Awareness
- Internal locus of control – believing that you can make changes rather than being dependent upon others
- Support – knowing when to ask for help
- A sense of humour
If you want to know how resilient you are then Robertson Cooper – A Good Day at Work, offer a comprehensive and free test that highlight your areas of low and high resilience. http://www.robertsoncooper.com/iresilience