Emotional intelligence is the capacity to be understand, control, and express emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships prudently and empathetically. There are five components of emotional intelligence:
- Self awareness: capacity to understand one’s emotions, strengths, and weaknesses.
- Self regulation: ability to control emotions.
- Motivation: high productivity and effectiveness, but coupled with the ability to defer immediate gratification for a better end result.
- Empathy: ability to understand wants, needs, and perceptions of others.
- Social skills: ability to interact with others and build and maintain healthy relationships with others.
Sounds like good 4-H agents to me…and good 4-H members…and good volunteers…good HUMANS.
However, we aren’t born with this emotional intelligence, but rather it is developed over time. That’s the good news- EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE CAN BE INCREASED AND IMPROVED!
Check out these 4-H lessons from the Ohio State University about Emotional Intelligence. I believe you will find these good for 4-H members, volunteers, staff, and others!