“Emotional intelligence is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships.”
Drs. Travis Bradberry
and Jean Greaves
Emotional Intelligence = EQ
How much of an impact does emotional intelligence have on your professional success? The short answer is: a lot!
Your EQ is the level of your ability to understand, work with and motivate people. Your emotional intelligence is the foundation for a host of critical skills—it impacts most everything you say and do each day.
Emotional intelligence has shown to be the strongest predictor of performance, explaining a full 58% of success in all types of jobs.
Studies showed that 90% of top performers are also high in emotional intelligence. On the flip side, just 20% of bottom performers are high in emotional intelligence. You can be a top performer without emotional intelligence, but the chances are slim.
People with a high degree of emotional intelligence make more money—an average of $29,000 more per year than people with a low degree of emotional intelligence. The link between emotional intelligence and earnings is so direct that every point increase in emotional intelligence adds $1,300 to an annual salary. These findings hold true for people in all industries, at all levels, in every region of the world.
You can develop or improve your EQ by focusing on these 5 categories.
1 - Motivation - to motivate yourself or other to achieve goals you need a positive attitude. If you feel negativity creeping in, try to reframe it to a positive response.
2 - Empathy - the ability to recognize how others are feeling. If you don’t have this skill, you can develop it by imagining yourself in the other person’s position. Think about how they would feel.
3 - Self Regulation - emotional experiences can happen at any time. Developing self regulation can help you control how long you allow the emotion to affect you.
4 - Social Skills - “people skills” are extremely important. You must possess a high EQ to understand, empathize and negotiate with others in a global economy.
5 - Self-Awareness - perhaps the most important quality of your EQ since the major elements of self-awareness is emotional awareness and self confidence. The ability to recognize your own emotions as they occur requires truly tuning into your own feelings.
Once you train your brain by repeatedly using new emotional intelligence strategies, emotionally intelligent behaviours become habits.
How well do you know your own EQ? Are you practicing any strategies to improve it?