Funny how we are so captivated with solving for “e” today, with e-harmony, e-banking, e-commerce, e-learning, e-news, and the list goes on. And in this algorithm of instantaneousness and data, what is it that we are actually solving for? What is “e”?
Recently, I heard Tom Thibodeau speak about servant leadership. He said (I paraphrase) that you never really know yourself until it’s within the context of others. It’s through relationships that we build self-awareness, develop self-regulation, show empathy, solve problems through teamwork, and consider variables when making decisions. It turns out that when we solve for “e,” it equals emotions.
Emotional intelligence and leadership styles that bear consideration for emotional intelligence yield capacity for stronger relationships—ones that give us capability to face adversity, ones that call us beyond ourselves, and ones that elicit civility and professional discernment.
From what I’ve read, developing emotional intelligence is a contemplative practice, and it always helps to start with a framework off from which to work. CASEL recently developed a detailed model for competencies in social and emotional learning.
After solving for “e,” the “e” in e-rewards or any other e-abbreviated word is actually emotion, and being conscientious about your emotional intelligence can not only facilitate environments that are safe, caring, and participatory, but also promote emotional competency such as self-awareness and better relationships.
How do you solve for "e"? To what extent do you see the "e" in e-mail or e-solutions or e-cards connoting our awareness of our own emotions and how we recognize emotions in others? Do you think that an awareness of emotions in the age of "electronics" is important? How do leaders leverage electronic communication to increase our awareness of emotions? How are you solving for "e"?