How to Increase your Emotional Intelligence

Often, people get hired for their high IQ (they know a lot!). Unfortunately, people will then often get fired or...
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Often, people get hired for their high IQ (they know a lot!). Unfortunately, people will then often get fired or passed over for job promotions because of their low emotional intelligence (EQ). But what really is emotional intelligence?

In summary, emotional intelligence is the ability for one to be self-aware and develop relationship building skills throughout their life. It can play a big factor in how you work with people, how you talk with others, and how you understand yourself and those around you. Curious to see how emotionally intelligent you are right now? Here’s a personality assessment that will help you understand your self-awareness, empathy, team-building, and give insights into the overall health of your organization. 

However, you may be wondering, “What does this have to do with me? Could emotional intelligence really impact my job status? Isn’t it enough if I know how to do my job?” 

A study done by TalentSmart tested emotional intelligence alongside 33 other workplace skills to determine the importance of EQ. They found that emotional intelligence is the strongest predictor of performance, accounting for 58% of success in all types of jobs. TalentSmart also discovered that “90% of top performers are also high in emotional intelligence.” In short, emotional intelligence really does impact job performance. 

Not only does EQ impact you vocationally, but it also impacts your everyday life. From your marriage to your friendships to your self-worth to your job, having high emotional intelligence touches every part of your life. 

Want to know what it’s really like to be on the other side of you? Here’s a previously recorded webinar by our Director of Coaching, Tom Blaylock. This webinar will hold up a mirror to your current EQ skill-set while also giving you the tools to increase your EQ. 

According to Psychology Today, “Emotional intelligence is generally said to include at least three skills: emotional awareness, or the ability to identify and name one’s own emotions; the ability to harness those emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one’s own emotions when necessary and helping others to do the same.” 

It’s not always easy to possess all three of these skills that come along with having a high EQ. When it comes to self-awareness and relational connectivity, we all can struggle at times. In fact, everyone has broccoli in their teeth in one way or another! However, the first step to gaining a higher EQ is by starting to understand the basic hard-wiring of your personality. Once you begin to understand yourself better, you’ll be able to understand why others work and function the way they do. This will ultimately lead to creating stronger, long-lasting relationships. 

Understanding your emotional intelligence can help you move from accidental living to intentional living by better understanding your tendencies and setting yourself up for greater success as you become more empathetic toward others. 

Do you know where you stand with you self-awareness, emotional intelligence, empathy, team-building and overall organizational health? Start to become a better leader and build stronger relationships at both home and work by taking this personality assessment

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