Did you know that EQ (emotional intelligence) is now considered as important if not more important than IQ in the workplace? What exactly is emotional intelligence? It is the ability to be aware of, to name and to manage your own emotions as well as the ability to understand the emotions of others. A sign of a colleague with a strong capacity for EQ is someone who relates well to others in effective ways. They are able to manage their own stress and co-operate with a team.
Interestingly, in a study tested on 186 executives on their EQ and comparing their scores with their company’s profitability; leaders who scored higher in EQ were more likely to be highly profitable. Studies have also found that more than two-thirds of all competencies deemed essential for high performance within the workplace were connected to emotional intelligence.
Some of the most high-profile emotionally intelligent CEOs in the world include Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway. To learn more about emotional intelligence in the workplace, why it is important and its many benefits, have a look at this infographic put together by the Brighton School of Business and Management.