With simplicity being somewhat de rigueur these days, some regular Business EQ readers may be wondering what it has to do with emotional intelligence.
I think there’s a strong link. The four pillars of emotional intelligence (if we boil the topic down to its most simple meaning) are: self knowledge, self regulation, sensitivity to other’s feelings, and an ability to manage others skillfully.
And if our lives are overly complicated, it’s hard to be aware of ourselves or others, never mind manage either skillfully.
Think about it: Just as clutter on our desks can make it hard to think clearly, the clutter in our minds that results from having too much to do (and no clear mental plan on how to get it done) can make it hard to notice what’s going on inside and around us. And the stress of being confused, disorganized, or frustrated doubles or triples the difficulty of making wise decisions about how to act — or how to respond to the way others are acting.
It’s all about clarity. And sensitivity. And having enough mental/emotional space to make good decisions and behave in appropriate/constructive ways.
Likewise, it may take some emotional intelligence to understand what the deeper benefits of simplicity may be.
Next up: The movement toward simplicity in management.