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Lesson for Success #06: Emotional Intelligence and Maturity

The Basoga have a saying that if a person has bigger genitals than yours, do not go sulking that ‘it is a hydrocele’. Emotional intelligence is the competency of understanding and mastering your own emotions and recognizing the emotions of others in a way that instils:

  • Confidence
  • Motivates
  • Inspires

Picture credit: Norah Owaraga

Emotional intelligence is also the competency of understanding and mastering your own emotions and recognizing the emotions of others in a way that enhances group effectiveness. Toxic, flippant, defiant attitudes make your skull impervious to sense and destroy the team.

Mentors have a wealth of experience about what constitutes a distinctive performance and when they talk to you about what is needed, do not even for one-minute think they are overbearing. It is their turf!

Young people need to be patient and open to learning. If you keep living every job just because people are telling your lazy-ass to measure up, you will end up an extremely mediocre person.

You also have to learn to reduce negativity, toxic rumor-mongering and hen-pecking your colleagues.

With his permission, we are serialising and publishing on our CPAR Uganda Ltd website and social media platforms these lessons for success that were first shared by Dr. Roy William Mayega, on Friday, 2nd October 2020, on his Facebook wall. He accompanied them with the following explanatory introduction:

“I have been working with relatively young people (below 40 years of age) and in my interactions with them, I have found 10 skills that prevent many of them from becoming a beacon of professionalism. Skills not formally taught in school yet so vital. Skills that would transform a young professional into a ‘hot cake’ for inclusion in successful enterprises… As for those of us 40 years and above, I have no advice. Our kind is already irredeemably hardwired in our stupidities.”

Dr. William Roy Mayega, a Lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, a the School of Public Health Makerere University Kampala

Here below are the links to the other lessons:

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