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“We define emotional intelligence as the subset of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s own and others feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions.”
– Salovey and Mayer.
A leaders’ strongest personality trait is his level of emotional intelligence (EI). An emotionally intelligent person is skilled in four areas: identifying emotions, using emotions, understanding emotions and regulating emotions.
In fact, emotional intelligence is the difference that makes the difference.
Lack of emotional intelligence is what limits people to manage themselves, manage others or manage situations.
An emotionally intelligent leader is effective because he can control his impulses, can deal with stress and instead of reacting, he responds effectively to a compromising situation. An emotionally intelligent leader does not let others push his buttons while connecting with everyone effectively at the same time.
According to The Center For Creative Leadership, 75% of careers are derailed for reasons related to emotional competences, including inability to handle interpersonal problems, unsatisfactory team leadership during times of difficulty or conflict; or inability to adapt to change or elicit trust.
In the words of Daniel Goleman who popularized the concept of emotional intelligence in his New York Times best seller “Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ?” describes: “In the last decade or so, science has discovered a tremendous amount about the role emotions play in our lives. Researchers have found that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and ability to handle feelings will determine our success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships.”
To be effective, a leader must have a solid understanding of how his emotions and actions affect the people around him. The better a leader relates to and works with others, the more successful he will be.
A leader with Emotional Intelligence (EI) focuses on Self Awareness, Self Management, Empathy and Social Skills.
1. Self-Awareness: A leader understands the importance of having a true and clear picture of his strengths and weaknesses while behaving with humility. A leader understands and knows his emotions and he also realizes its impact and affect on the people and situations around him. He examines his emotions when he is angry to know why? He is also aware that no matter whatever the situation is, he always has a choice to respond in a manner he chooses. And once he has chosen his course of action, he takes full responsibility for it and is accountable to it for his people. He does not believe in a blame game. He holds himself responsible when he makes a mistake or when something goes wrong. This behavior makes him earn the respect of those around him.
2. Self –Management: A leader stays in control of his emotions all the time. Leaders who regulate themselves effectively rarely verbally attack others, make rushed or emotional decisions or compromise their values. Any time a leader is faced with a moral or ethical decision, he will make the right choice since he knows what is important to him. A leader has a very clear idea of his code of ethics and will not compromise on core values.
3. Empathy: A leader with empathy has the ability to put himself in another person’s shoes. He helps develop the people on his team, challenge those who are acting unfairly, give constructive feedback and listen to those who need it. It is easy to support one’s own point of view but to look at situation from someone else’s perspective requires a higher level of understanding and empathy. Leaders pay attention to not only ideas of everybody but also to their body language. Learning to read body language can be a real asset in leadership role because you can tell how someone truly feels which gives you the opportunity to respond appropriately.
4.Social Skills: A leader with greater levels of (EI ) is a great communicator. He is just as open to hearing bad news as good news and he is good at making his team support him. A leader understands the importance of giving praise when it is due and earns the loyalty of his team through his empathy and social skills.
Leaders with higher level of emotional intelligence are always open to change and challenges and prefer to resolve conflicts diplomatically. They are motivated and highly optimistic regardless of the problems they face.
Ayesha Shafiq is the Director of Paris Cardiology Center, now in her eleventh year. She is the wife of Khalid Shafiq, M.D. and mother of their 2 children. She holds a Masters Degree in International Relations. Mrs. Shafiq runs management with the help of 22 employees.
Last Thanksgiving week was likely a stressful time if you were a Black Friday shopper, as people were going crazy to save on a couple of bucks on personal items and Christmas gifts. But, for those like me who were too fearful of their lives to brave the danger of the brick-and-mortar stores on Friday morning, shopping online was a wonderful alternative. I’m currently waiting on a copy of The Last of Us that I snapped up for $25 during Amazon’s Lighting Deal sales, and it’ll be here soon. Amazon’s usually pretty quick about it. Two-day delivery through Amazon Prime is pretty good, but what if they could cut the wait down to 30 minutes?
In an interview on “60 Minutes” Sunday evening, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled what he hopes to be the future of Amazon’s delivery system: Amazon Prime Air, delivery by drones. The service will work like this: once you’ve hit the order button on Amazon.com, your items at the Amazon fulfillment center will go into small buckets and be taken to your house by way of unmanned octocopters.
The Amazon-branded drones will be able to deliver packages up to five pounds. Not all deliveries will work this way, but it’s ideal for smaller items, which make up 86 percent of all Amazon orders. The drones are completely unmanned, directed by GPS, with a range of 10 miles. If you end up living near one of Amazon’s fulfillment centers, the idea is you’ll get your package within 30 minutes or less of hitting the “buy” button.
Bezos says most of the challenge will come from proving the safety of the drones by the standards of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Once regulations are in place, Amazon Prime Air could become the next standard of home delivery. Bezos estimates that the service is 4 or 5 years away, and Amazon hopes the FAA’s rules for unmanned aerial vehicles will be in place as early as 2015.
Check out Amazon’s official Prime Air page for footage of one of their test flights.
By Alfredo Dizon, eParisExtra
The Leadership Lamar County Board of Directors is excited and pleased to announce that the redesign of the Leadership program is complete and applications for the 2014-2015 class are being accepted!
The curriculum has been redesigned to focus on the Leadership Lamar County vision to strengthen and transform the community of Lamar County through programs centered on leadership development, community study, and community involvement.
The application for the 2014-2015 class is available on the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce website. You can access it by visiting www.ParisTexas.com and clicking on the link for Chamber of Commerce and then the link for Leadership Lamar Application. Upon completion of the form, please mail to Leadership Lamar County, Attn. LLC Board Selection Committee, P.O. Box 1875, Paris, TX 75461.
Selection of class members will be based the applicant’s potential for community leadership and civic involvement, and personal as well as professional achievement. Applicants will also participate in a pre-interview process. Applications are due by January 31, 2014 and final selections announced by April 1, 2014. The class will begin in September 2014 and end in May of 2015.
The new curriculum will place an emphasis on strengthening the existing skills and abilities of leaders in our community to empower them with the tools they need to head back out into the community as dynamic leaders to make it a better place for all of us. These graduates will be the current and future leaders that help shape Paris and Lamar County for years to come both in their professions and through volunteerism.
For more information please email email@example.com.
Besides cooking all day, there are football games to watch, children and grandchildren playing, family and friends to visit. This means that there are minutes that no one is in the kitchen.
That’s all the time it takes for a kitchen fire to start and get out of control. Kitchens fires are three times more likely to occur on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year. Most fires occur when cooking is left unattended and within minutes of leaving the kitchen.
The following tips will help to have a fire safe Thanksgiving dinner.
Microsoft’s latest video game console is out now as of Friday, November 22, and the “next generation” of video games has finally become the current. If you haven’t pre-ordered an Xbox One, you probably won’t be able to get one easily for a while, but that’s okay! Picking a new video game console should be considered a major decision, and a lot of research should be done before you drop $500 on a new machine. If you’re not ready to jump into the next generation of gaming, I’ve compiled a list of things one should know about the Xbox One, just like I did with the PlayStation 4.
How much does the Xbox One cost?
The Xbox One will retail for $499.99
What’s in the box?
The Xbox One Day One launch bundle includes an Xbox One system, a wireless controller, a headset, an HDMI cable, the power cable, a free 14-day trail of Xbox Live Gold, and the new Kinect camera (the reason for the $100 price difference compared to PS4).
What ports are on the Xbox One?
The Xbox One features a power port, an HDMI-out, an HDMI-in, three USB ports (one on the left side of the console), digital audio out, an Ethernet port, and a port for the Kinect. Like the PS4, the Xbox One is HDMI only, so make sure your TV accepts that input!
How about Internet connectivity?
The Xbox One supports both Wi-Fi and wired Internet via the Ethernet port.
Is the hard drive upgradeable?
Sort of, but not at launch. The included 500 GB hard drive is not removable, but the system will be updated later to use external hard drives via USB. If you’re tech savvy, you can disassemble the console and replace the hard drive yourself, as it is a standard 2.5-in SATA II drive, but doing so will void your warranty.
What colors are available at launch?
Just black. White systems were exclusive to Microsoft employees.
Can the Xbox One stand upright in a vertical position?
No, the Xbox One is designed only to play in a horizontal, flat position.
What can you do with the new Kinect?
The new Kinect is vastly improved over the original. Improvements have been made both to the motion sensing capabilities and voice activated control. Kinect’s user tracking features work more effectively now, whether the user is sitting down or standing up, and can now track users as close as 4.6 feet from the camera.
You will be able to navigate various menu options directly with your voice, jumping straight to system options that you would normally have to navigate to through multiple screens. If you hook up a cable or satellite box to the Xbox One, Kinect can also be used to control your TV. Many games will support voice control as well. The Kinect can also be used to scan in QR codes for times such as Xbox Live subscriptions and pre-order bonuses.
Does the Kinect need to be plugged in for the console to function?
No. The console will maintain some functionality without the Kinect plugged in.
How does multitasking work?
Probably one of the most interesting things about the Xbox One is the “Snap” feature. You’ll be able to seamlessly switch between games, TV, the Internet, and other system features without interrupting gameplay. If you do decide to take a break from a game, games are put into a suspend mode that you can resume at anytime. Even after turning the console off, you can resume your game right from where you left off next time you turn the system on. No need to wait for load or boot screens!
Will the Xbox One require a software update at launch?
Yes. You will not be able to play any games on the system until you’ve connected the system to the Internet and updated it.
Does the Xbox One require an online check-in every 24 hours?
No, Microsoft removed this security measure quite some time ago after consumer outcry. Once the initial update is installed, you’ll be able to keep your Xbox One offline for offline features, including offline games.
Can I play Xbox 360 games on Xbox One?
No. There is no backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games or Xbox Live Arcade games meant for the Xbox 360.
Can I use an Xbox 360 controller on the Xbox One?
No. The Xbox One only supports Xbox One controllers.
What discs does the Xbox One play?
The Xbox One should be able to play Xbox One game discs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and audio CDs, though some of these may require free apps available on the Xbox online marketplace.
All Xbox One disc games must be installed to the hard drive to play them.
Does the Xbox One support MP3 playback?
Not at launch. A system update is supposedly coming post-launch that will allow you to play music from a USB stick.
Do I have to pay to play online?
Yes. Just like with the Xbox 360, you will need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online and access additional services on the Xbox One. If you already have a Gold subscription for the Xbox 360, it should carry over to the Xbox One. The Xbox One comes with a 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold. Otherwise, it is $60 for a one-year subscription.
What does Xbox Live Gold get me?
Many of Xbox One’s online features are exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members.
In addition to playing games online, you can use streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu Plus. However, you will also need to be subscribed to these services separately. Cloud game saves, Game DVR game recording functions, streaming to Twitch, Skype, and Internet Explorer all require an Xbox Live Gold subscription.
Will my Gamertag and Gamerscore transfer over to the Xbox One?
What TV features does the Xbox One have?
The Xbox One has an additional HDMI-in port to plug your cable box into, allowing your Xbox to control your TV with the controller or Kinect voice commands. The Kinect will even act as an IR blaster to control your television itself.
Does the Xbox One support used games?
Yes. Microsoft has gone back on their original stance and will allow users to freely trade disc-based games.
Does the Xbox One have regional locks?
Not for games, but voice controls via the Kinect are limited languages associated with the system’s region.
What Xbox One games will be available at launch?
In North America, the following game titles will be available for the Xbox One at launch:
Disc-based Games (also available for download):
Can I “upgrade” certain Xbox 360 games to work on the Xbox One?
GameStop is offering a limited time offer that allows you to trade in select Xbox 360 titles for $50 store credit towards the Xbox One version of that game.
Check Gamestop.com for more details on this offer.
By Alfredo Dizon, eParisExtra