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  • Writer's pictureJaclyn T. Badeau

Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

Updated: Dec 22, 2020

Let’s think about it…

You have probably heard of this common expression which often looks at optimism vs pessimism. In the EQ-i 2.0 tool, Optimism is a leadership skill measured within the Stress Tolerance behavior. Optimism is often misunderstood - it doesn’t mean you always have to be happy and positive and have your rose-colored glasses on. According to the book The EQ Edge, “it’s the ability to stop thinking or saying destructive things about yourself and the world around you, especially when you’re suffering personal setbacks. True optimism is a comprehensive and hopeful but realistic approach to daily living.”

In the book The EQ Leader, it further explains that optimism, “is more about resilience. It’s acknowledging the reality of where we are, and having a vision of where we need to get to. It’s the confidence to maintain that vision even though the going gets tough sometimes.”

There are many ways to build your Optimism leadership skills. One of my favorite tips I like to share that I picked up from the book The EQ Edge is: When a negative thought enters your mind, write it down and have a designated time each day to “deal with them.” The act of recording them deflates some of their urgency and reserving a time to come back to them robs them of even more punch.

To learn additional tips and tricks on how to develop your Optimism leadership skills and to learn more about EQ Coaching, please reach out to chat.


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