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The Twelve Competencies of Emotional Intelligence and Resilience during Cancer

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 1 July 2021
The Twelve Competencies of Emotional Intelligence and Resilience during Cancer

Emotional intelligence and resilience are essential skills during cancer.

These are the 12 goals to reach. We can help you get there!

Emotional Self Awareness is the ability to know your own emotions and their effects on your performance.

Self-Regulate is the ability to keep your disruptive emotions and impulses in check in order to maintain your effectiveness under stressful or even hostile conditions.

Positivity is the ability to see the best in people, situations, and events so you can be persistent in pursuing goals despite setbacks and obstacles.

Achieve means that you strive to meet or exceed a standard of excellence by embracing challenges, taking calculated risks and looking for ways to do things better.

Adaptability means you can stay focused on your goals, but easily adjust how you get there. You remain flexible in the face of change can juggle multiple demands, and are open to new situations, ideas or innovative approaches.

Empathy means you have the ability to sense others' feelings; have a desire to understand how they see things; and take an active interest in their concerns.

Organizational Awareness is the ability to read a group's emotional currents and power relationships, identifying influencers, networks, and the dynamics that matter in decision-making.

Influence refers to the ability to have a positive impact on others and meaningfully engage people in order to get buy-in or gain their support.

Coach is the ability to further the learning or development of others by understanding their goals, challenging them, giving them timely feedback, and offering them support.

Inspire is the ability to bring your best and motivate others around a shared mission or purpose in order to get the job done.

Teamwork is the ability to work with others toward a shared goal; build spirit and positive relationships; encourage active participation; and share responsibility and rewards among members of a group.

Conflict Management is the ability to work through tense or highly charged situations by tactfully bringing disagreements into the open, seeking to understand multiple perspectives, and searching for common ground in order to find solutions people can agree to.

Author:Geoff Beaty
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