Tai Chi is well known for its many health benefits, but did you know that it can be used to develop emotional intelligence (EI)?


According to American psychologist Daniel Goleman, there are five main key elements to emotional intelligence; Self awareness, self regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills.

Self awareness - awareness of emotions of self and others.

Self regulation - control of your behaviour and appropriate responses.

Motivation - energy and positivity fuel momentum, effortless effort.

Empathy - understanding, caring and fair.

Social skills - generous, ability to resolve conflict and communicate clearly.

Understanding something logically is only half the equation. In order to make something an embodied habit, a regular practice is required. Otherwise it simply remains a good idea.


The systematic and scientific principles practised in Tai Chi and Qigong already provide an excellent platform to learn, embody and test these five key elements. Spending years learning complicated forms is not necessarily required. Strategically assigned exercises and principles can be learned and put into practice relatively quickly.

The slow movements allow us to experience a heightened sense of awareness in a calm and purposeful manner with the ability to respond and adapt quickly. Afterall, this is a martial art and a way of life that was adopted to protect oneself and motivate others during a time of war. Battles were often fought before they reached the battlefield, therefore the skill of self control was an absolute must along with clear communication, conflict resolution and the wisdom to make the most appropriate decision.

Sounds just like the skills required for today's business leaders.

Check out your nearest Tai Chi class to up skill your EI today.

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