Our emotional connections in the workplace are now highly prized and extremely crucial for individuals and businesses to thrive. While IQ once reigned as a top predictor of success, it’s no longer the case. Because information is so easily accessible now, knowledge work is not as crucial. EQ, aka “emotional intelligence“ is far more important than IQ in terms of success.
Emotional intelligence is really a number of learned traits among these four aspects: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. These traits work in conjunction to make you more reflective of your abilities, emotions, attitudes and your effect on others around you. According to Inc. Magazine, Daniel Goleman coined the term to describe “the ability to identify emotions (in both yourself and others), to recognize the powerful effects of those emotions, and to use that information to inform and guide behavior.”
One of my closest friends, who I’ve known now for 32 years is, without a doubt, the most emotionally intelligent person I know. She has a ton of relationships with people who greatly admire and respect her simply because of her high EQ.
She can read faces intently when speaking and she naturally pays close attention to your tone and choice of words. My friend calibrates her conversation with you accordingly. She remembers what you like and don’t like, and then makes the extra effort to ensure she does not impose those dislikes on you. People love spending time with her, she brings others to life. My friend is a true leader in her teams of family, friends and colleagues.
How can you strengthen your emotional intelligence? There are a number of ways! These are just a few:
Because most of us work alongside fellow human beings, emotions are a constant in our lives. Good interpersonal communication makes our work life easier and more pleasant.
People with a high EQ have the ability to bring out the best in others. Like my friend, these people celebrate success because they know how to bring us closer to each other and make us feel valued. Make emotional intelligence one of your strengths in 2019 so that the next time you’re in a meeting, like my friend, you’ll be the one able to read the room like a pro.
Originally published on Glassdoor.
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