EITC Change Leaders: celebrating our EITC alumni and colleagues who are exemplifying exceptional leadership in their professional lives and promoting emotional intelligence in the world.
November 2019 EITC Change Leader: Priya Ramji is an emotional intelligence specialist, EQ-i 2.0 Certified, was recognized by Business London’s 2019 Twenty in their 20s, and is the founder of Six Sense.
Which area of EQ is most important for you?
I think Self-Perception is my most prominent composite. I think this is due to the fact that I’ve always felt like going against the grain in my career which meant that I had to be the first person to believe in my ideas before anyone else would. Self-perception as a whole starts with the self; Checking in with myself and my goals helps me to embody the rest of the EQ composites so I can really assess what I’m trying to achieve and why.
How has the EQ-i 2.0 certification training impacted your professional life?
Without the EQ certification my business wouldn’t be possible. I work with groups of people who like to see tangible data in order to understand how something intangible like emotional intelligence brings value to their bottom line. Knowing how to administer and understand the EQ-i allows me to give them this.
What’s your definition of a leader?
I think there are many definitions of the word leader but to me it’s someone who can guide others through change. I think a good leader encourages, embraces and embodies change despite any resistance they may feel against it.
How are you living out what it means to be a leader?
At Six Sense I try to guide organizations and young management through the process of implementing EQ practices at work. This is something that takes time and requires a whole mentality shift for some people; it doesn’t happen overnight. I’m hoping to show people that just because using EQ at work every day may start by feeling different or difficult, it will actually make things better and easier down the road.
Who is your favourite leader and why?
I really resonate with Susan Cain, the author of Quiet. She helped change the stigma in business that extroverts are more successful than introverts, and demonstrated the value of understanding introverted personalities in the office.
What’s your superpower or secret skill?
I’m actually an introvert by nature. People don’t ever expect it from me because I’ve always worked in industries where people are predominantly extroverted so I had to train myself to adapt to an extroverted society. In reality though, I feel that my abilities to observe dynamics and process information differently are what strengthen my understanding of our extroverted society and of topics like emotional intelligence, so it allows me to guide others through those understandings as well.