Emotional Intelligence within Workplace Bullying
We are all familiar with workplace bullying. Whether it be that you have experienced it, witnessed it or heard about it.
It’s a topic that is thankfully receiving a great deal of focus by many workplaces and society in general. This article is not another article about the statistics, instead let’s talk about the role that EI plays within workplace bullying and the drivers leading to it occurring in the first place.
Any form of bullying is an interaction and/or communication with another person which means our emotional intelligence is at play. There are emotional drivers, beliefs and values guiding what we do. Our level of EI is what determines how well we interact and/or communicate. Our level of EI also determines how we respond regardless or whether we are on the giving or receiving end. Therefore, EI is both the cause and solution of workplace bullying.
Let’s take a step back and look at 3 of the most common drivers leading to workplace bullying.
So, what can we actually do about these Drivers to address the core problem? You guessed it, strip it all back to basics and work on developing everyone’s E.I. The first priority becomes owning who we are with each individual working on their self-awareness and purpose. What get’s them out of bed in the morning? Peeling back the layers and taking a good hard look at ourselves. Yes, it will be awkward. Yes, it will feel uncomfortable. Yes, it is challenging. But yes, it is required and much better the outcome we are breeding should we do nothing.
To really work on workplace bullying and the impacts we have on those around us, E.I. is the cause, and the solution. The 5-step process to disrupting mindsets of Own It, Face It, Feel It, Ask It and Drive It starts with looking inside ourselves. What role are you currently playing in workplace bullying and cultural acceptance?
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