You might have heard of the term ‘Emotional Intelligence’ before. The concept was introduced in the 1990s and refers to the ability to identify and manage your own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. As a concept, it’s almost the opposite of the traditional IQ measurement of intelligence. Someone’s IQ is based on logic and analytical problem solving, whereas emotional intelligence is based on the ability to self-regulate, empathise and work with other people. It’s key for motivating ourself, creating healthy habits and understanding our emotions. It’s actually been shown to be more important than IQ when it comes to be successful in business!
The psychologist Daniel Coleman made the term Emotional Intelligence popular in his book ‘Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ’. In this, he defines five crucial skills intrinsic to emotional intelligence:
- Self Awareness: The ability to identify and understand emotions of yourself and other people, and how they impact those around them
- Self Regulation: The ability to think before acting and managing impulses
- Internal Motivation: The determination to achieve goals for personal reasons rather than rewards and recognition
- Empathy: The ability to identify and understand others motivations
- Social Skills: The ability to effectively manage relationships and build teams
So why is Emotional Intelligence important?
Your Emotional Intelligence affects a lot of things in life. These are just some of the things it’s vital for:
- Performance At Work
A high emotional intelligence can help you to navigate the social complexities of your workplace. It’s essential for leading and motivating others, and advancing in your career. Many businesses value emotional intelligence as high as technical ability and often look for it when interviewing candidates.
- Physical Health
The ability to manage emotions means you can manage your stress levels effectively. If you’re unable to do so, this can lead to health issues. High stress levels can raise your blood pressure, weaken your immune system, increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
- Mental Health
Uncontrolled emotions and stress can negatively impact your mental health, increasing the risks of anxiety and depression.
Those who can understand their emotions and control them, are able to express their feelings and understand the emotions of others. This skill allows you to communicate more effectively and forge stronger and healthier relationships, both at work and in your personal life.
We’ll be chatting more about this subject in our blog posts over the coming weeks, so be sure to stick around to learn more!
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