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Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers: The People Skills You Need to Achieve Outstanding Results by Anthony C. Mersino

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Chapter 3. Self-Awareness

Introduction to Self-Awareness

The first building block of emotional intelligence is self-awareness. Self-awareness is our ability to recognize our own emotions and their effects on us and others. Without being aware of and understanding our own emotions, it will be difficult to move into the other emotional competencies like self-management, social awareness, or team leadership.

In her book Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott writes “you must be present to win” in reference to the way one of her friends was living his life.[1] That book has nothing whatsoever to do with project management or emotional intelligence. However, the phrase “you must be present to win” is very relevant to self-awareness. Present, as in, in the moment. ...

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