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Emotional Intelligence[edit | edit source]

Acting effectively[edit | edit source]

One of the most important means to act effectively is to use your own emotions. Anxiety can cause failure because you are cramped, but anxiety can also prevent failure if it makes you extra sharp. The same goes for other emotions. Smart learners use emotions in a way that improves their learning. For example, if something unjust happens, you can follow your anger and fight, or let the other person just show how it can be done honest. Ultimately, if you don't show off with your great achievements and are just proud of yourself, you will make a constructive contribution to a better world. Jealousy, pride, wanting to show, insecurity, the fear of missing something, wanting to be in control, being afraid of making mistakes, wanting to receive appreciation; all these emotions can be used as a motor to score higher.

Other benefits[edit | edit source]

People with a high emotional intelligence (EQ or emotional quotient) will be able to experience, behave and communicate about his emotions, beliefs and identity in depth and self-consciously. At the same time, he or she will demonstrate critical, flexible and situation-dependent self-insight by reflecting on their own thinking patterns, routines and feelings. From this he or she will understand why certain feedback from others arise, as well as his own choices for a particular strategy.

Skills[edit | edit source]

An entrepreneur is expected to be able to direct, guide, motivate and develop himself, his company and others. Those are skills of someone with a well-developed EQ. Entrepreneurial learning challenges students to master these skills in a way that suites his authentic personality (no desirable behavior based on social pressure). An entrepreneurial student has learned to argue well because selling / defending / reasoning is also asked of an entrepreneur.

Criteria of emotional intelligence
  • Focused on yourself: self-knowledge, self-control, self-motivation
  • Focused on the other: empathy, commitment

Awareness[edit | edit source]

As a young child you are not aware that you are driven by your emotions; "I'm angry, so I'm angry." When you are slightly older, you are aware that there are other emotions and that these emotions can change; "I am angry now, because I am angry. I am sometimes cheerful and I can be happy again." As a young person you can think about emotions and feel an emotion with that "I am often insecure and that makes me insecure." From this emotional awareness you have more control over those emotions. In entrepreneurial learning you learn to be aware of emotions and that you can choose what to do with those emotions.

Five Areas of Emotional Intelligence:

  • Identifying emotions: Being able to recognize one's own emotions and those of others;
  • Using emotions: Being able to deal with emotions, to use the emotion in determining thoughts and decisions;
  • Understanding emotions: Knowledge of emotions, understanding where an emotion comes from;
  • Managing emotions: Being able to regulate, control and direct emotions;
  • Open to emotions: Wanting to recognize one's own emotions and those of others.

Solidarity[edit | edit source]

An entrepreneur usually does not have the motivation of a businessman (making money) when he or she starts doing business. The entrepreneur usually wants to add value rather than to get only profit out of society. So an entrepreneur often starts from a sense of solidarity. Hence, one of the most successful educational projects to motivate students for entrepreneurial learning is a project in which students undertake a good idea for a good cause.

Social[edit | edit source]

So you can very well become an entrepreneur and at the same time a philanthropist. At a entrepreneurial school you will not only learn and live together with others, but also do business together. In entrepreneurial learning, you automatically come across all kinds of fellow students, teachers, entrepreneurs, old and young, people who are different, but also banks, municipalities and other social parties. You will grow from those encounters on a personal and social level.

Benefactor[edit | edit source]

For a better world it is important that you not only do business for yourself, but also help others. Do you want to be an entrepreneur who drives fast and shiny through a residential area with their big car? Or is that car electric and picks up a number of disabled children on the way to take them to school. Are you willing to put your heart and hands and your company to work for the environment and other people, whether they live next to you or on the other side of the world? People like Tesla who show sustainable and social entrepreneurship. People with the ambition to make the world a better place by doing business. Who want to set up a social enterprise.

Sustainability[edit | edit source]

In entrepreneurial learning you can choose to apply sustainable solutions for your company and / or projects. Then you will think of ways to use renewable energy sources, save on fuel or raw materials, apply environmentally friendly materials or recycle. Can you explain how these solutions address certain environmental problems such as population and prosperity growth, the ever-increasing demand for energy, raw materials and nutrients, the greenhouse effect, ever-increasing prices, deforestation, desertification, factory farming or pollution? If you are going to do business sustainably, there are some aspects that you will learn to take into account. You can think of energy, substances, water, air, soil, waste, mobility and logistics. It is then always about reducing the pollution by using less of it or using a less polluting alternative. Ways you can also arrange in your private life.

Cooperation[edit | edit source]

Win-Win[edit | edit source]

Good cooperation yields something for every participant. Try to search for a win for both parties in a collaboration so that everyone feels satisfied. Some mainly think of their own profit and often you are inclined to "win" from your competitor. Yet you can also work together with a competitor. If you believe enough in your unique strength, working with a competitor is no danger. Remember that by working with a competitor you may eventually achieve more than trying to beat the other. Being able to realize a win-win situation often requires creativity. You then look for the connection between the different interests and wishes of different parties. Usually this connection is not so obvious. Sometimes it seems that only you or only the other person gets better. However, there is often a win-win situation, but that appeals to your ability to think bigger and further ahead than the project itself. Avoid disappointments or reproaches. Try regularly to check with stakeholders or cooperation partners whether they still agree with your approach and idea. If you have spent a lot of time on your own then it can be a disappointment if others want it differently. Of course, as an entrepreneur you also draw up your own plan, but avoid disappointment by being open to constructive feedback from others.

Independent[edit | edit source]

You may be inclined to want to do everything yourself because you convinced only then it will all go well. The pitfall is that because of this you pull too many things towards you or that you no longer give someone else room to learn. In both cases you don't really work together anymore. Especially those who are not experts can take a fresh look at things and come up with innovative solutions. If you find yourself taking on many tasks because you are afraid that things will not go well otherwise, or because you can do it much faster than the rest, try transferring tasks to someone else. Sometimes it is better to ensure that you are not indispensable so that your company can continue to run without you.

Interest[edit | edit source]

Sometimes you are not immediately interested in others, so you may miss opportunities. That is why it can be useful to find out how you can arouse your interest in another person: What can the other person offer you? What can good listening to the other person bring you? Try to get to know each other often you will understand the other better if you have been able to communicate informally. It is one of the reasons that Arabs have a habit of drinking tea together before they make a deal.

Listening[edit | edit source]

If you want to work effectively with another person, you must be able to understand them. We are naturally accustomed to filling in meaning for the other from our own experiences and opinions. "I know exactly what you mean!" “I have also experienced that” Try to listen to the other person without your own judgments and put yourself in the other person's mind. If you are able to empathize with the other person, it is ultimately easier to influence the person to get something done. Try to find out what the other person finds attractive and pauze your own idea or opinion about that. If you listen carefully, the other person will also feel more understood by you and will therefore be more willing to listen to you. If you actively try to understand the other person, you will also be less likely to get misunderstandings. So your ears are an important tool.

Feedback[edit | edit source]

Giving feedback to each other seems very easy, but if you want to trust each other as a team you should be able to assume that you do not hestitate to give each other feedback when necessary. Collaboration often fails here; because you do not dare to be honest with each other or because you do not take the other person's feelings into account, so you are too "direct" in the feedback you give. Practicing how to give another feedback can help you.

Citizenship[edit | edit source]

An entrepreneurial student is only truly a citizen if he or she is an active [1] and a loyal member of society and experiences a strong bond with the community [2]). In entrepreneurial learning, you have every chance of developing into a humane, attentive, open, honest and stable global citizen. At this point, entrepreneurial learning will not leave you completely free. We call this "guided self-discovery".

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Steyaert_2005
  2. Bell_2016