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The EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence and Your Success, Third Edition by Howard E. Book, Steven J. Stein

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Chapter 15

Flexibility

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

—CHARLES DARWIN

DEFINITION:

Flexibility is the ability to adjust your emotions, thoughts, and behavior to changing situations and conditions. This component of emotional intelligence applies to your overall ability to adapt to unfamiliar, unpredictable, and dynamic circumstances. Flexible people are agile, synergistic and capable of reacting to change, without rigidity. These people are able to change their minds when evidence suggests that they are mistaken. They are generally open to and tolerant of different ideas, orientations, ways, and practices. Their capacity to shift thoughts and behaviors is ...

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