Emotional Intelligence and work practices are the topic of conversation for hiring managers, management teams, sales teams and others looking for high performance. Whether a job seeker or an employee, finding ways to truly differentiate ourselves among others vying for our position, is important. Traditionally, we tend to go right to our performance and efficiency and begin looking at organizational habits, self-care practices or educational resources for support.
However, if we work on developing our EQ, the quantitative measure of Emotional Intelligence, we discover a much more valuable skill set upon which several success factors lie. These attributes give us an awareness that makes us better relators to others. In fact, when we question our feelings about our output and/or the effect of our actions on others, we are demonstrating Emotional Intelligence or EI, and this is a hot commodity in today's workforce because it demonstrates, in part, your leadership ability.
The Value of Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence is a group of traits that relate to being aware of, and able to control your emotions and likewise being empathetic to the emotions of others in a way that creates friendliness, problem solving skills, and connection. The major categories in determining Emotional Intelligence Scores include your success in the areas of: social settings, empathy, motivation, self-regulation and self-awareness.
Having good EI helps in both work and personal life, as it includes skills that require you to read others and make decisions based on that. High EQ is found in leaders, and whether you want to lead your own cubicle effectively or lead a team of performers, it is worth developing.
"Organizational psychologists are finding that leaders must have the ability to understand social interactions and solve the complex social problems that arise in the course of office life. From resolving disputes to negotiating high-powered deals, business leaders need to be able to read each other’s signals, as well as understand their own strengths and weaknesses." Source: Psychology Today
Emotional Intelligence and Work
Typically, high Emotional Intelligence results in higher sales, more production, and better connections and relationships. It makes sense then why managers care so much about a person's EI- it affects everything from the bottom line to employee relations.
So, whether you are a job seeker looking for a way to differentiate yourself, or a current employee looking to lead more effectively, Emotional Intelligence and work settings should be a partnership you look to foster. Develop your EQ and demonstrate your knowledge and awareness of it in your actions, resume, interviews and communications.
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