We had an amazing time at the HR Institute of Alberta annual conference! We had a booth and I delivered two breakout sessions – both of which were fully subscribed – and the evaluations were amazing ;-) We met a lot of great people, but most important for us – we got to spend the week together as a team. Because we’re from Victoria, Vancouver, Cochrane, and Calgary we don’t see each other in person very often. We really enjoy each other’s company. I work with such a great group of people. I hope you work with a great group of people. My wish is that everyone gets to work with a great group of people, but you know the sad truth? Not everyone can say they work with a great group of people. And what do we mean by a “great group of people”? What does the term mean to you? Who would be your ideal “great group of people”? Would they be exactly like you? Would they have all the same values, likes, dislikes, views on the world? I don’t know, but my guess is that they treat you well. They probably share their views, opinions, and perspectives with you. They are probably supportive if you are facing a challenge or a problem. They are probably willing to take the time to help you sort it out.
Emotional Intelligence is about all these ways of being a “great” person. Being a great person is not about accomplishing something that changes the course of history or doing something that gets you into the public spotlight. It’s much more about the ordinary things people do to manage themselves well and to manage their relationships with others well. Why aren’t more people “great people”? I believe it’s because they don’t have the skills. These skills are learned and we have to have ‘teachers.’
If you want to be a “great person” or wonder what it might take for someone in your life to be a “great person”, look at the skills related to Emotional Intelligence that are found in the EQ-i 2.0 Model of EQ. These are the skills that can help someone be “a great person.”
What do you think? Please feel free to comment below.