The Power of Emotional Intelligence

Dr.Sanja Rickette Stinson
January 24, 2024
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From Speech Impediment to Faith-Based Entrepreneur & Nonprofit CEO

In recent times, my unwavering devotion has been to empower professional women who hold faith-based value on their entrepreneurial journey. Weather they’re building, strengthening, or boldly disrupting the status quo in their profit or nonprofit ventures my commitment remains steadfast.

What’s more, I’ve embarked on a journey of understanding the pivotal role of emotional intelligence (EQ). To be candid, this topic hadn’t garnered much of my attention in the past. However, as I delved into it, I recognized its paramount significance for achieving success, especially among women who are embracing their entrepreneurial passions.  

While some may perceive this blog as controversial, my intention is for it to be educational and proactive. In this blog, we will delve into the substantial role of emotional intelligence in women’s entrepreneurial journey and how it significantly contributes to their success. Part 2 of the series will further examine stereotypes that suggest women are more emotional than men in professional settings. In Part 3, we will dispel the misconceptions surrounding the idea that emotional intelligence is limited by gender.

We will also explore how we are free to disrupt the status quo and all learn to challenges existing norms, systems, beliefs and practice to foster change. As a lifelong learner, I am presently studying and learning more about this topic, never claiming to be an expert in this field.

Let me share a bit of my story and how understanding my EQ has significantly changed my life. Throughout life, we often encounter obstacles that test our resolve, challenges our spirits, and push us to the brink of giving up. Personally, for me it was being challenged with a learning disability and having a severe speech impediment that accompanied me from childhood to adulthood. It was a silent battle, one that cause me to take a step back when I wanted to step forward, left me struggling to comprehend not just words but my own worth, and led to failing grades and discouraging encounters with higher education institutions.  

But this is not a tale of defeat. Instead, it’s a story of triumph, perseverance, and incredible journey of developing emotional intelligence that allowed me to achieve what seemed impossible, earning my doctorate. What’s more, it’s a story of continued success and impact as faith-based entrepreneur and nonprofit founding CEO.

Through the ups and downs of my journey, from the challenges of early life to transformative power of speech therapy and development of emotional intelligence that has shaped my path. Today, I stand as a testament of what’s possible when one refuses to be defined by their limitations.

What is EQ? EQ involves our capacity to identify, comprehend, regulate, and adeptly utilize emotions within ourselves and interaction with others. It can be defined as a collection and characteristics that empowers individuals to effectively comprehend and navigate emotions, whether in their own experience or when engaging with others. In essence, EQ encompasses self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, motivation, and social skills, and plays a crucial role in personal and professional success.

For women, EQ is essential, and here are just a few reasons why:

1. Heightened Self-Awareness: Empowering women to make choices that align with their values and goals in their professional lives and entrepreneurial pursuits. This heightened self-awareness enables women to recognize their individuality, strengths, and areas for potential growth.

2. Leadership: EQ is a cornerstone for women, equipping them to lead with empathy, inspire their teams, and foster inclusive and supportive environments. For faith-based women, it enables them to guide and nurture the spiritual growth of the individuals they serve.

3. Motivation: Women with strong EQ are frequently are driven by a deep sense of purpose and personal growth rather than solely motivated by external rewards. This empowerment enables them to focus on their faith-based mission or professional goals, irrespective of external pressures.

4. Self-Regulation: Entrepreneurship, whether in a professional or faith-based context, is known for its highs and lows, often resembling an emotional rollercoaster. This journey frequently involves navigating high-pressure situations. EQ equips women with the ability to effectively manage their emotions, maintain composure during stressful times, and make rational decisions. This empowerment enables them to exhibit resilience in facing challenges and setbacks.

While EQ is a universal concept and is not inherently different for individuals from diverse ethnic or racial backgrounds, it is crucial to highlight the significance of this point for our readers. In entrepreneurial context, it's essential to acknowledge that black women entrepreneurs may encounter distinct challenges related to systemic inequality, limited access to resources, and unique cultural dynamics. These factors can significantly impact how they navigate their entrepreneurial journey. Consequently, their emotional intelligence (EQ) becomes vital in effectively addressing these challenges and establishing meaningful connections within their community.

We know that EQ empowers women in their personal and entrepreneurial journeys by providing them with the emotional skills and qualities necessary to make informed decisions, build strong relationships, lead effectively, and stay resilient in the face of adversity. Whether in faith-based or professional contexts, EQ enhances their ability to align their actions with their values and goals, ultimately leading to tremendous personal and professional success.

As we explore the profound impact of emotional intelligence on women's lives, remember that you too have the power to harness EQ and embark on a journey of personal and professional growth. Let us continue to empower and uplift one another through platforms like EmpowerHer, forging a path towards success, equality, and lasting change. Together, we can shatter barriers, redefine norms, and inspire women worldwide to reach their fullest potential.

Join me in a few weeks for Part 2 of “The Power of Emotional Intelligence”.

Dr.Sanja Rickette Stinson, DM

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