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After conducting some self-assessments, I learned that I am an “ISFJ”, which stands for Introvert, Sensing, Feeling, and Judging. This means that I am good at working hard, respecting the chain of command, working with routines, and being very detailed when it comes to my work. I have many memories for facts and details. When assigned a task, it is required that I have specific directions with no questions in what is expected of me. I am very protective, and loyal to those I will be working with, and those I am close to.
Some of my emotional intelligence strengths are that I am a hard worker, and that I take the time and effort necessary in order to complete a task. I respect the chain of command, and am a follower of rules. This is important when working in a healthcare setting due to all the policies and regulations related to confidentiality in patients, as well as interactions with clinicians to maintain proper care for patients. Other strengths according to my assessment are that I am good at explaining and helping others, and that I have patience and clarity in my explanations. I find this to be essential in managing others in a workplace, because this means that communication is a strong point of mine, which is necessary in field of health care.
Some weaknesses of mine include a tendency to avoid conflict and to avoid asserting my needs. Since a major part of emotional intelligence, as discussed earlier, involves self-awareness, which includes understanding me needs, I need to focus much of my attention on improving this matter. Another weakness that is a key component of emotional intelligence is my tendency to avoid trying something new. I tend to be stuck in my ways, and not willing to accept new challenges, which is a weakness that will be reflected in the work I do for an organization that is trying to change their methods, if I am unable to reverse this weakness. Now that I have identified my weaknesses, I must find ways to improve my emotional intelligence.
I believe the first step to improving your emotional intelligence is to self evaluate to pinpoint weaknesses. Since, I have already done so, I need to choose a method of improvement. I believe that a good start would be to evaluate how I react in stressful situations. I feel that when stressful situations arise, it is me who puts myself into a stressful situation, which may be contrary to what I once believed. I once thought that the stress comes to me, however I have now been able to examine myself in team settings, and have realized that I allow myself to be stressed. My stress stems from my two largest weaknesses: my inability to deal with conflict/inability to assert my needs and my resistance to trying new methods. Since these two tendencies trigger my stress, I must recognize when they are prominent, and face them head on. When I am in the workplace, a method that can be of assistance to me is perhaps a 360-degree feedback method.
This gives fellow employees as well as myself the ability to document my performance in certain areas. This will allow me to recognize when my peers feel that I have areas where improvement is necessary, as well as areas in which I feel that improvement is necessary. This gives me an opportunity to please my needs as well as the needs of my peers and the organization as a whole. My ability to understand emotional intelligence has given me a broader perspective on how to interact with others and pursue specific goals. Without the ability to monitor my own emotions as well as the emotions of others, my chances of surviving in a health care setting are slim.
I must focus on my ability to not only assess my emotions, but also be able to prioritize and use my emotional information to guide my thinking and behavior.
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