“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.”
-Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.
The well known Daniel Goleman has been an advocate for emotional intelligence and has spread the word regarding the importance of emotional intelligence (EQ).
- The ability to accurately identify your own emotions, as well as those of others
2. The ability to utilize emotions and apply them to tasks, like thinking and problem-solving
3. The ability to manage emotions, including controlling your own, as well as the ability to cheer up or calm down another person
Employees that have EQ are:
- Employees with a high level of Emotional Intelligence (EI) have self-awareness that helps them understand co-workers and meet deadlines.
• When people have high EI, they are not bothered by client criticism; they remain focused on outcomes, rather than feeling offended.
• If two job candidates have similar IQs, the one with the higher EI will likely be a better fit for the company.
I totally agree with Goleman that no matter the amount of raw intelligence and individual has it can not make up for a lack of EQ.
People with high EI:
- They’re change agents. People with high EI aren not afraid of change. They understand that it’s a necessary part of life—and they adapt.
- They’re self-aware. They know what they are good at and what they still have to learn— weaknesses don’t hold them back. They know what environments are optimal for their work style.
- They’re empathetic. The hallmark of EI, being able to relate to others, makes them essential in the workplace. With an innate ability to understand what co-workers or clients are going through, they can get through difficult times drama free.
- They’re not perfectionists. While extremely motivated, people with EI know that perfection is impossible. They roll with the punches and learn from mistakes.
- They’re balanced. Their self-awareness means that they naturally know the importance of and how to maintain a healthy professional-personal balance in their lives. They eat well, get plenty of sleep and have interests outside work.
- They’re curious. An inborn sense of wonder and curiosity makes them delightful to be around. They don’t judge; they explore the possibilities. They ask questions and are open to new solutions.
- They’re gracious. People with high EI know every day brings something to be thankful for—and they don’t see the world as a “glass half-empty” as a lot of people do. They feel good about their lives and don’t let critics or toxic people affect their happiness.
To be an emotionally intelligent individual you become apart of the solutions and not the problems. EI people make positive changes in their organizations, personal relationships , and the world as a whole.
Are you emotional intelligent? Do you have a fair amount of EQ? Perhaps you will be the next innovator to provide a solution to improve social conditions in your local vicinity or even the world!
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