A common parallel among successful people is that they score highly in Emotional Intelligence. Even people who may not have the highest IQ can surpass their colleagues because of the ability to tap into their EQ to appropriately connect with those around them.
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) has been thought of as an aptitude, something you either possess or don’t; however, it seems clear that the science is pointing to just the opposite. In fact, there is much you can do to assess and improve your EQ, the critical factor to both personal and professional success.
EQ is a nebulous thing we all possess at differing levels that affects how we understand ourselves and through the lens that we practice self-management, social empathy, and relationship building. Because it is so nebulous it is difficult to measure and to understand what you need to do in order to improve.
The good news is that there are seemingly infinite resources to help with both of these tasks – first figuring out where you stand currently on the EQ spectrum and second to practice and learn to improve where you can. The following are two resources by highly recognized researchers, consultants, and speakers, Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves.
- Emotional Intelligence 2.0
This book (available in an audio book too) has a self-assessment and a step-by-step guide for improvement.
- Emotional Intelligence Quick Book (https://www.amazon.com/Emotional-Intelligence-Quick-Book/dp/0743273265/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474927310&sr=1-1&keywords=emotional+intelligence+quick+book)
This book outlines the unique skills of emotional intelligence with a guide of how to incorporate them into your life.
These books are a great introduction, assessment tool, and action plan toward greater abilities in EQ. There are also many online resources for assessments (paid and free) and skill building. It seems well worth the time to work on these skills as highly emotional intelligent people are the most productive and in turn the most successful.
High Emotional Intelligence = Top Performer = Career and Life Success