How’s Your E.I?

 

“If police leaders do not have a high degree of Emotional Intelligence it is very questionable if they can function today at the level their officers and community members expect. The good news is that they can improve.”

imagesPsychologist Daniel Golman has written much about “Emotional Intelligence” or E.I.

Emotional Intelligence is different than our I.Q. because it is malleable and can be improved — while in most cases our I.Q. cannot.

Goldman identifies four areas in our emotional life that help us to become a more fully-functioning human person:

  • Self-awareness.
  • Self-management.
  • Empathy.
  • Relationship skills.

Go on line and take an assessment quiz (see below) and find out how you are doing in each of those four areas. You might be surprised.

If we are to grow into being an un-biased police officer and/or leader we need to be aware of our feelings, able to effectively manage and control them, have empathy toward others, understand they may be feeling, and be committed to improving our relationships skills.

Fair, effective, respectful and bias-free policing begins when we say we are going to be such a police officer and then actually go out into the field and do it. You’d be surprised the power of making such a daily statement has on your co-workers and on your own behavior.

Create your future each day by telling yourself you will be a fair, effective, respectful and bias-free police officer!

If police leaders do not have a high degree of Emotional Intelligence it is very questionable if they can function today at the level their officers and community members expect. The good news is that they can improve.

A short, free test can be found HERE as well as a paid and more extensive test for $9.95. I think it is worth your investment. I found it to be very helpful (because we are not just talking about improving our work life, but other parts of our life as a spouse, parent, or close friend!)

Practice your self-awareness by reviewing your E.I. results and then develop a plan to keep your strong areas strong and to work on those areas which are not so strong. It’s called professional development!