Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers

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How to build your emotional intelligence skills as a PM One of the most important skillsets in project management is having high emotional intelligence. Emotional …

How to build your emotional intelligence skills as a PM

One of the most important skillsets in project management is having high emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence is all about your awareness of your feelings and how you’re expressing them, as well as your ability to perceive others’ emotions.

Projects are all about people; your project won’t run on its own. So, you need to have high emotional intelligence to effectively work with people as a project manager.

So, what does it mean to have high emotional intelligence?


To have good emotional intelligence, you need to be self-aware of your own emotions and know how to regulate your emotions as well.

It’s easy to get caught up in everything that’s happening in your project. Rather than being reactive, it’s important to take a step back and become self-aware. Understanding what’s really going on emotionally will help you respond better to stressful situations!

Social Skills

Emotional intelligence isn’t just about feelings and what’s happening on the inside. There’s also an outward aspect of emotional intelligence.

Knowing how to read body language, tone, and social interactions is really important. Reading the room is going to give you lots of information as to where people are emotionally so that you can address issues before they derail your project.

More tips on emotional intelligence

Every project manager needs to fine-tune their emotional intelligence skills. Head over to YouTube with me where we’ll keep chatting about more emotional intelligence tips.

If you want even more project manager tips on every aspect of managing a successful project, make sure you check out my SLAY Project Management course where I give you all the templates, tips, and techniques to implement if you want all your future projects to be productive and successful.

Adriana Girdler, PMP | Creator of Slay Project Management

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