Let’s think about it…
So often people pursue a career or a position for things other than because it’s their passion, their love, their true calling in life… Maybe it’s because they feel pressured by their parents that they have to pursue a certain degree or they are chasing a salary number even though their happiness won’t increase with more money (it’s true – money does not increase happiness – the Yale University class, “The Science of Well-being” I’m currently pursuing has a ton of data to support this).
The idea around the Self-Actualization skill (within the Self-Perception area of the emotional intelligence tool, EQi-2.0) is all about the pursuit of meaning and self-improvement. The EQ Edge book states that “this component of emotional intelligence is manifested by your becoming involved in pursuits that lead to a meaningful, rich, and full life. Self-actualization is an ongoing, dynamic process of striving toward the maximum development of your abilities and talents, of persistently trying to do your best, and to improve yourself in general.”
Often, someone who utilizes this skill frequently is motivated to do their best, sets inspiring goals, and is well-rounded. On the other hand, someone who does not utilize their Self-Actualization leadership skill will often be unsure of where they are going in life, not make good use of their strengths, and many not be able to focus on strategic, big picture plans.
If you want to learn more about developing your Self-Actualization skills, please reach out to chat.