Emotional Intelligence or Emotional Quotient was a popular theme several years ago. Is it really still a thing?
Having a high IQ is amazing of course. Intelligence is a wonderful and often rare trait. A high IQ, however, doesn’t necessarily predict success in our work or in our personal lives. What else matters?
The Emotional Quotient (“EQ”) is a measure of how well we do with others. Yes, it is still a critical component of leadership. What is it?
Emotional self-awareness — know what you’re feeling and understand the impact on others; bring out the best in yourself
Self-regulation – think before you act or speak; control or redirect your emotions; take a pause, breathe and decide your next move
Motivation – keep going even when you face obstacles; set challenging goals for yourself and your team – have confidence that you will achieve them
Empathy – be aware of how others are feeling; seek to understand, ask questions and appreciate others
Social skills – inspire others, manage your relationships to get the best out of others; have honest conversations
All of these traits can be learned. You can practice and get better over time. I challenge you to practice at least one in the coming week. Have fun with it!
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