I recently underwent training to become a certified EISAP 2.0 Practitioner (CEP) under the guidance of Jacqueline A. Hinds Master Trainer of EISAP 2.0 and founder of Society of Emotional Intelligence International, UK and Europe. This certification qualifies me to help individuals and organisations to understand how to incorporate emotional intelligence into their day to day activities. Whether at work, home or in the community, Emotional Intelligence can help you to develop yourself as an individual, and it gives you the ability to be more understanding of others. Organisations benefit from having a highly engaged workforce by promoting wellbeing, personal development and embedding practises and principles that will enhance their organisation.
Whilst undertaking the training programme, I began reflecting on my own emotional intelligence, I always felt that I had good emotional intelligence, taking the assessment accompanied with the programme confirmed this. I was very pleased about the result as it confirmed my thoughts about myself. I remember having a discussion with Elizabeth Tayki, CEO of A2IDyslexia CIC about how we both felt that dyslexics and other neurodiverse individuals exhibit empathy with others and have similar traits to the ones outline in the EISAP 2.0 model which focuses on Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness and Relationship Management.
Elizabeth and I could see instinctively that we were both empathetic, socially aware and had great relationship management. There are others who are neurodiverse that display these characteristics but there are some that find social interaction challenging and find it difficult to build relationships. I think EISAP 2.0 assessment would be a great tool to develop emotional intelligence for those who are neurodiverse. If I had taken the assessment early in my career I think I would of come to the point that I am today much sooner. I have managed my Dyslexia for many years, and as noted in a previous article I now realise I was also managing my dyscalculia too. I and others are use to managing self so we are able to work with our neurodiversity, we also sometimes feel we have to manage how people perceive us. We are not a homogenised group, we are individuals and organisations need to take more of an emotionally intelligent approach to making us feel part of an organisation.
What I have learned about myself by doing the EISAP 2.0 is emotional intelligence is important to bring to the fore. We need to utilise this ability more in our day to day life and continue to develop ourselves in this area to improve ourselves and how we interact with others.
Emotional Intelligence is vital for the current environment that we find ourselves in. Covid has put considerable strain on us at home and at work. We need to know how to navigate these situations whilst continuing on our journey. There is evidence to suggest an emotional intelligent organisation have a distinct advantage over those who do not possess it. I personally think it can make a significant contribution to support Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategies.
I have been fortunate to have worked with and supported many individuals with Dyslexia, ADHD, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia etc… what I can tell you about all these people is, they possess such drive and passion for what they do. They are not afraid to get support for themselves to strive and they have such a can do attitude. Think about adding neurodiversity to your Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda if you haven’t done so already. You are missing out on some great talent if you haven’t.
If you would like to discuss how to become an emotional intelligent organisation or would like personal development support, contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our website www.equilibriummediation.com