Emotional Intelligence (EQ) can greatly impact your work life and career, so it’s important to understand exactly what it is and why it is so important.
Every workplace is comprised of people with different strengths, personalities and emotions, which can greatly affect the way they work. EQ is the ability to identify and manage your emotions, as well as the emotions of others.
EQ is typically factored into the everyday decisions employers make, such as hiring, firing and promoting employees. Many hiring managers study candidates’ EQ by asking specific questions during the hiring process, in order to identify those who have a higher degree of EQ. They also analyse the EQ of their current employees to determine leadership potential.
EQ can be the key to further success, particularly when moving into management positions. Employers say emotionally intelligent managers rate higher in job satisfaction and lower in levels of turnover. If your career plans include a leadership position, EQ can help you develop teams who are happier and more productive in their work, and more likely to stay in their positions.
It’s clear that EQ can be an asset to your professional life. Unfortunately, a lack of EQ can also influence your career. Here are five ways it can be detrimental.
- Insensitivity: People who are insensitive are often perceived to be uncaring. Their co-workers are less likely to want to work with them or offer help. If you’re insensitive, you may not make a good leader, and can be much less likely to be promoted.
- Arrogance: Arrogant people can sometimes seem to think they know it all and that no one can teach them anything. Arrogance is not a quality employers typically seek.
- Volatility: Tapping into the emotions you feel is good; however, acting out in anger can derail your career. Volatile people can cause dysfunction in teams, upset co-workers and doom projects and initiatives to failure.
- Rigidity: If you are inflexible in your thinking and approach, or believe that your way is the only way, you’re not a team player. In today’s professional environment, being a team player is important.
- Selfishness: If your agenda is the only one that matters, you could be perceived as being selfish. Being professional means aiming for a win-win situation whenever possible.
The world of work is always changing and emotions are becoming a much more important aspect of working relationships. Having emotional intelligence increases your chances of being more accepted on teams and considered for leadership positions. It can also set you apart from the competition when seeking a new position or promotion.
By understanding your EQ qualities, you’ll create the career you want – for now and for the future.
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