Self-awareness and how people consciously acknowledge each other’s similarities and differences is not a new idea but has gained traction in response to the complexities upending our workplace.

The most common example we hear of is what Daniel Goleman coined as “Emotional intelligence” (sometimes also called EI or EQ), or the ability to identify and regulate your own feelings, and the feelings of people around you.

In concert with Daniel Goleman, there are individuals out there discussing other types of “intelligence.”

Barbara Annis, for example, coined the term “Gender Intelligence” in the early 1990s. Her company “recognizes, values, and leverages” gender differences to drive results.

In addition, Harvard Business Review published an article by P. Christopher Earley and Elaine Mosakowski in October 2004 about “Cultural Intelligence,” or “an outsider’s seemingly natural ability to interpret someone’s unfamiliar and ambiguous gestures the way that person’s compatriots would.”

Each of these frameworks seeks to demonstrate value in the conscious effort of understanding your peers from a particular vantage point i.e. emotional, gender, cultural.

Regardless of which approach resonates with you, the key takeaway is self-awareness and being intentional and thoughtful in your approach is critical to your success in today’s chaotic landscape of a workplace.

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