Know Emotion To Communicate Awareness

know-emotionPeople high in this skill of emotional leadership typically …

  • Know emotions are an important resource for decision-making and problem solving, especially about their relationships.
  • Have an excellent ability to capture emotional data in language and can label emotions accurately and separate them into different intensities of emotion.
  • Can verbally navigate emotional blends; know how emotions combine, and how to analyze these feelings into their parts.
  • Are able to analyze a person’s emotion state – the different feelings that combine to make their mood and can communicate that to others.

The ability to know emotion will help you to…

UNDERSTAND: What people are feeling and how to communicate your emotional awareness to others, including how simple emotions combine as emotion blends.


  • Know emotions as a resource – Everything is about how you feel
  • Verbally navigate emotional blends – Emotional language is important for sense making
  • Know how emotions combine – how emotions assemble/disassemble into parts


  • Dismiss emotional data – It is as important as technical, functional, medical data
  • Bring verbal IQ to your EI score – If you do, you are struggling with emotion complexity
  • Give in to alexithymia – 50% of people struggle with the language of emotion


You have been successful knowing emotion when you:

  • Know what others are feeling, can label their emotion, and know its cause
  • Verbally succeed in making sense of the emotional landscape
  • Communicate your appreciation of how emotions assemble/combine over time


Emotions are a resource; a source of data. Emotions direct our attention to a real issue or a problem that exists. The continual internal feedback that emotions provide about your body’s state of physiological arousal helps you interpret situations and build relationships.




About Dr. Mike Gosling

Best known for creating The Emotional Leader Program, Mike is a leading Executive Coach, editor of this blog, and Co-Founder of Connect with him on Twitter, at Facebook, and LinkedIn.