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Classroom Of The Elite: Leading with Emotional Intelligence


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In Classroom of the Elite, Suzune Horikita was a formidable and hardworking student, yet she was placed in the worst class of the school. Despite being brilliant in her schoolwork, Suzune did not excel in being emotionally aware or empathetic. She thought herself superior to her classmates because of her academic performance. She was so desperate to be the leader of the class and rise up the ranks. Yet, she couldn’t get her classmates to listen to her despite her attempts to help them pull their grades up.

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Like Suzune, we live in a society focused on academic and career successes. But that honing only our IQ can limit us when it comes to working with others and becoming a good leader. Psychologist Daniel Goleman found that the most effective leaders have a high degree of emotional intelligence. While IQ is acknowledged as important, without EQ, we would be stuck at the entry-level of success like Suzune was.

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Emotional intelligence is the ability to be smart about our own and others’ feelings. It involves being able to notice, understand and act on emotions in an effective way. Suzune’s focus on her grades led her to ignore this important skill, but it’s never too late for us to make an effort and get better at this!

Here are 3 things you can focus on and ways to practise:

1. Self-awareness

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Self awareness is knowing what you are feeling at a particular time. Suzune always seems to be annoyed and frustrated at her classmates, but we haven’t seen her address and identify what those feelings are exactly.

 

Being able to name the emotion, as specifically as possible,  is especially helpful to developing self-awareness. Consider setting a regular time or day to journal and note the situations and emotions that surfaced. This can allow you to reflect on how you behaved in interactions and teach you to notice your emotions as they arise.

 

2. Self-regulation

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Self regulation is having good control over how you respond to your emotions. Suzune often felt frustrated at her classmates, and tended to speak harshly to them; not caring if she hurt their feelings.

 

When such negative emotions arise, it’s good to pause and take a step back before responding. It may help to practise deep breathing exercises regularly to get us in the habit of taking that pause in crucial moments. Then we can more clearly think through and consider our response.

 

3. Empathy

 

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Empathy is the ability to understand how others feel. Suzune doesn’t seem to consider this at all. Even when she helped save Sudo from expulsion, she did so in a practical manner; Sudo’s feelings did not factor into her consideration at all.

 

To build empathy, try paying attention to people in your surroundings. A lot can be observed from someone’s facial expressions and body language. Listen actively to those who are speaking to you so that you can pick up these nonverbal cues as well.

 

Here are some Shadee.Care articles on related topics:

How can I find out who I really am?

 

Managing the feels when they get outta hand

 

Keeping calm and cool

 

Demon Slayer: Having empathy even when you don’t agree

 

Making lasting friendships the Pokemon way

 

 

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