Did you know that your success is dependent more on your Emotional Intelligence than on your IQ?
Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. The connection is so strong that we know 90 percent of top performers have high emotional intelligence.
Only 1% of the population is considered top performers.
Can it be that it is emotional intelligence that we need to focus on more than IQ?
There have been a lot of studies that reveal EQ to be the source of success for individuals across a wide spectrum of roles, organizations and industries since 1996 when Dan Goleman released his book “Emotional Intelligence".
Not to confuse EQ - Emotional Quotient that measures capacity with EI - Emotional Intelligence that indicates the application of EQ.
EI as the ability to:
Emotional intelligence is essential in success because people do business with those they trust.
There are five components of emotional intelligence that allow people to recognize, connect with, and learn from their own and other people's mental states:
It's great to know about Emotional Intelligence, but as we have all learned, execution is everything.
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Companies today are increasingly looking through the lens of emotional intelligence when hiring, promoting and developing their employees.
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Here are the 10 characteristics of high Emotional Intelligence?
Taking an honest perspective about what you know and accepting what you don’t know allows opportunities for change and new experiences. This may be a sign of EQ, but it also broadens opportunities that feed into people’s IQ.
2. Articulate Feelings.
It’s not enough to know your emotions. People with high EQ have the ability to describe them to others. This communication is key when working with others that are still learning their emotional triggers and how to handle them.
Not only do high EQ people understand and communicate their own feelings but people with high EQ’s actively seek to understand others’ emotions which in turn reduces drama caused by misunderstandings.
High EQ people are genuinely curious about everyone. They are constantly fascinated by people’s behaviours and reactions. This further feeds into the empathy noted above.
5. Leads by Example
No one enjoys a lecture and people with EQ know it! Instead of telling employees what to do, an EQ employee gains influence with others because they lead by example at every level in the organization.
6. Active Listener.
There is a difference between hearing and listening. Emotionally intelligent people are constantly aware of this and when an opportunity presents itself they make efforts to actively listen and comprehend what someone is telling them.
Personal development is a priority for a person with high EQ. They enjoy the process of growing themselves and know that this gives them an edge when overcoming obstacles.
People with high EQ’s help others. They invest time and effort in to assist people in any way from helping a coworker with a project to holding doors for strangers.
There is increasing awareness of the need for work-life balance in today’s workplace culture. Because high EQ people are very self-aware they can easily identify what they need to attain that balance.
Honesty is highly valued by high EQ individuals. Whether it is high stakes ethics or being completely honest with the progression of a project, you can count on a high EQ person to tell the truth.
Why is it important to learn and acquire practices that builds and nourishes ones’ Emotional Intelligence?
Here are some statistics I have found:
Numbers that illustrate the impact EQ has on organizations:
But the most important fact about EQ is that it can be improved and developed. While a person’s IQ generally remains static throughout life, an individual’s EQ can be enhanced. This is good news for leaders who want to sharpen their emotional intelligence to gain a competitive edge and perform exceptionally well. It also means that leaders can employ tactics to make their team members more emotionally intelligent, as well.
I hope you found this information educational and you are ready to take the next step of action:
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Yvette is a Hatha, Yin and Power Flow Yoga Instructor from Kamloops, British Columbia