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Many of us like to think we’re highly self-aware, but most of us are not. Emotional intelligence is hailed as one of the hallmarks of a great leader. It’s a hot topic in the workplace, and numerous research organizations have produced studies that say emotional intelligence comes down to a handful of factors — including self-awareness, emotional regulation and empathy.
But why do we think we are more aware than we are? It’s because we don’t get enough feedback on how we come across to others. This leaves us with blind spots when it comes to understanding how others view us. You might think you’re a star employee and desirable peer, but you could make others more uncomfortable. As a mentor and leadership coach, I’ve identified six behaviors that you should address and fix if you want to maintain and grow a better workplace relationship with your peers.