In its simplest form, mindfulness means paying attention, on purpose, to the present moment, without judgment. Mindfulness can help to reduce stress, anxiety and conflict, and increase resilience and emotional intelligence, while improving communication and relationships in the workplace and in our personal lives.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions. In the context of the work environment, emotional intelligence enables three important skill sets: stellar work performance, outstanding leadership, and the ability to create the conditions for happiness. Studies have shown that emotional competencies are twice as important in contributing to excellence as pure intellect and expertise.