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Emotional Intelligence for Teachers: Dr. Anjum Qureshi

Emotional Intelligence is the ability of a person to understand, use and manage one’s emotions as well as the emotions of others. Generally, the score on your exam scorecard is considered a parameter to evaluate your success, but whatever profession or career you choose, you cannot be successful if you are not emotionally balanced. It is because our thinking capabilities and decision-making capabilities are affected by our emotions. A few years ago, companies recruited people on the basis of their cognitive skills. As they realized the importance of emotional intelligence they started testing people for their emotional intelligence along with cognitive intelligence.

Cognitive skills can help you in attaining success but it will be for the short term. If you aspire to be a successful person for the long term and you desire to have a sustainable career graph, you should learn to manage your emotions. Emotions, whether good or bad, need to be handled properly. We have heard elders saying “Don’t make decisions when you are angry and don’t make promises when you are happy. Emotional intelligence plays a key role in taking decisions, managing stress, and building strong relationships as well. Teachers with emotional intelligence are considered to be a boon to society. Teachers are considered to be sculptors of the future of many young minds. The teachers with emotional balance, manage their emotions well and leave their emotions outside the class.

The four key areas of emotional intelligence are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. Self-awareness is the ability to identify one’s emotions and recognize the effect of your emotions on others. This quality is beneficial for the teacher in implementing novel teaching methods. When a teacher uses a teaching method in a class, she is able to study its effect on the students and know the response the student. If the majority of students are receptive and give a good response in class, the teacher gets satisfied with the teaching method. At the same time, if the teacher finds that the students are unable to cope, it is an indication that the teaching method needs a change. Similarly, an emotionally balanced teacher is able to identify slow learners and use different strategies for them. The quality of self-management is helpful in managing emotions in adverse conditions. A teacher leaves all her emotions outside and enters the class with a positive attitude. The teacher maintains a balance between personal and professional life. She does not allow the worries of her personal or professional life to be reflected in her students. It is a well-known fact that students score more marks in the subject of their favorite teachers. Teachers who lack self-management tend to release their emotions in the form of anger in the class. The students develop a fear of the teacher. The students lose interest in the teacher and the subject over the mean course of time. Some of them may drop out of school as they lose interest and enthusiasm to study due to the behavior of the teachers.

Social awareness can be classified as an ability to pick up the emotions of others and understand what is going on with them. It is an important trait that should be acquired by teachers. A child spends many hours in school. The school is considered to be their second home. A teacher’s behavior and attitude impact young minds to a great extent. An emotionally intelligent teacher is able to reach out to the students, listen to them, and settle their disputes. Along with this, the teacher can play a significant role in identifying the students with low self-esteem, with aggressive behaviors, and the ones who prefer being alone or avoid talking and mingling with others. Bullying and violence in schools are other areas of concern for students. A teacher when detects such behaviors, can contact the parents and help to deal with the problem.

An emotionally balanced teacher can be an excellent counselor to students by helping them to handle difficult situations and be resilient enough to face tough situations in life. When a teacher is self-aware and can manage her emotions and handle the emotions of her students, it helps to develop long-lasting and positive relationships with the students. A teacher is thus able to fulfill the fourth key area of emotional intelligence known as relationship management. An emotionally balanced teacher is able to mix up with students, understand their problems and help them. A teacher develops friendly relations with the students that foster the learning process through group activities and teamwork.

The surroundings and the environment always affect us. If you go near the fire, you feel the warmth and if you go near ice you feel the cold. Similarly, an emotionally balanced teacher radiates positivity. Students feel motivated and energized by being in contact with them. Managing emotions helps to manage stress, develop leadership qualities, and be compassionate and grateful. For an emotionally intelligent teacher, physical appearance makes no difference as human qualities make her the most beautiful person in the world. Learn to control your emotions, be emotionally balanced and help others to lead a peaceful, healthy, and successful life.


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