Emotional intelligence, also called EQ, is so important in life, both in personal relationships and for career growth. Having developed EQ can lead to career success and higher incomes. There are several types of intelligence. Most people are familiar with the kind involving academic prowess, logic, and reasoning. While those are often important in the business world, to be truly intelligent, however, you need a combination of various aptitudes including calmness, creativity, self-control and people-related skills. This is known as EQ, or emotional intelligence. The greatest amount of career success (and often resulting income) comes from those people that possess all forms of intelligence.
Among the latter (people related skills) is emotional intelligence, without which, you would have a hard time building relationships professionally and quite frankly even personally. Here’s what makes your EQ important in both the personal and business world and how it can be increased.
Work and social life
Most businesses include communication with clients, co-workers, customers, management, and countless people. Whether you create, buy, sell, or serve in some fashion, you must interact with people and the higher your emotional intelligence the better. Entrepreneurs and small business owners often have extensive communication in their work as well.
With a good EQ, you are equipped to sympathize, empathize, and basically read customers, colleagues, and anyone else with whom you network. All of that is important to career progression at small or big firms…it does not matter the size. Your EQ is a tool assisting successful communication and aiding understanding.
Likewise, the strength of your personal relationships depends on your level of emotional understanding, and of course, your companion’s EQ too. Much of EQ involves self-awareness as well, which so few people have today.
It’s worth mentioning what empathy is and why it’s so helpful during social interactions in your career or personal life. Unlike sympathy–which average EQ will afford you–empathy consists of knowing how someone feels. When you empathize, you don’t just feel sorry for someone’s unfortunate predicament and offer soothing words; you understand them profoundly.
Empathy only comes from experience, so you can’t learn it from a self-help book. You learn it via involvement combined with attentiveness, particularly self-awareness. Unless you master your own feelings–understanding them–you are ill-equipped to recognize how other people might feel. This is why self-awareness may be one of the most important parts of empathy and really emotional intelligence.
How to increase self-awareness and build your EQ
To be self-aware of your action, you must reflect on your emotional state and recognize why you feel as you do. Why do you feel scared, sad, angry or why are you out of control? People with a low EQ attribute their emotional condition to circumstances outside of themselves and they blame it on others or do not take accountability. They fail to realize they create their moods and that they caused an action and have the power to control them. As such, they are at the mercy of how they are treated and what happens to them.
Mindfulness and meditation
Mindfulness and meditation can greatly boost your self-awareness. This is why so many successful people in the business world either are starting to do this now, or they have been over the most recent years. If you are mindful of the way you communicate–observing nuances and what triggers your moods–with practice, you can control your responses to what goes on around you.
You can also recognize other people’s communication styles, what triggers their moods, and assess their body language. This is important to developing business relationships in your career. As a result, you have a sense of what they are going through internally and what drives them.
Meditation helps to increase emotional intelligence because it teaches you to relax, yet be alert simultaneously. If you simply tune-out, you miss what’s occurring in your environment and feel blissful. You don’t learn anything about your emotions or anyone else’s.
Combine relaxation with alertness, though, and you learn to recognize and understand emotions fast. People absorb information quickly when they aren’t tense or anxious.
High EQ in your Career
A high emotional intelligence level makes a whopping difference to self-understanding (awareness) and how well you understand others. The skills is very important in career development as it can help when taking on increasing positions of leadership. Career progression also of course leads to higher incomes over time.
A high level of EQ oils the wheels of communication and helps you recognize what people may feel and why they act as they do. If you increase your EQ, you’ll find life easier as well as career prospects greater because you’ll manage your moods and recognize what makes the people you meet tick.