In these days, our usual day to day stressors are compounded by external stressors, including but not limited to, the coronavirus and governmental unrest. With so many uncertainties, and so little control over them, how do we find peace? How do we remain emotionally intelligent during these trying times? One way is by practicing effective change management.
We have had vast experience with change throughout our lives, whether our response was to resist it or embrace it. Many are familiar with change management strategies we have learned throughout our professional careers and other aspects of our lives.
The additional unwelcome external stressors I mentioned above that we are dealing with today are no different. By being involved, and being part of the change, we have a voice in the change. At the very least, our role as a change agent can be as a positive role model.
Remember in a previous blog, when we discussed “happiness is a choice”? Accepting change, is also a choice. Change is inevitable. We don’t have to like it, but it isn’t going anywhere. So how do we face it in a manner that improves quality of life, and the quality of life of those around us?
There are many roles you can play in change from simply accepting the change, to being a role model for others, or even leading the change. These options very well may require stepping outside of your comfort zone, which is a sign of emotional maturity and social intelligence.
When you effectively manage change, others around you sense your comfort level and adapt similarly. You are helping others by being a change manager, and even a leader. A major part of leadership, and a major emotionally intelligent skill is to be adaptable. Always anticipate that another change is coming.
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