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What You Need To Know About Emotional Intelligence

September 22, 2016 by David Keane in Emotional Intelligence

What You Need To Know About Emotional Intelligence

In recent years there has been a shift away from the importance of IQ in the working world and a strong focus being put on EI. But what is EI (or EQ for Emotional Quotient as it is sometimes called)? EI is emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence has been defined as ‘’the ability to control and express our emotions’’ as well as ‘’the ability to understand, interpret, and respond to the emotions of others.’’

Dr. Daniel Goleman, a famed psychologist who has written extensively about emotional intelligence, has indicated that for the most part, women tend to naturally have higher emotional intelligence than men. However, he insists that it’s not as black and white as we may imagine. He outlines the fact that several studies suggest that women are on average better than men at being empathetic and that when it comes to managing distressing situations, men have proven to be more adept. We therefore have to lok at the big picture in orer to gain a nuanced view.

Because women tend to be more effective in general at emotional empathy than men, they are able to build rapport and chemistry with people more readily – particularly in a work setting. As a result, it’s of the utmost importance that men are aware of the importance of emotional intelligence and the need to develop greater empathy skills. In contrast, because men in general tend to be more effective in managing distressing situations, they are able to be calmer and cope in the moment rather more easily than women who can therefore seek to emulate men’s coping strategies more often.

Being emotionally aware is essential in all areas of your life regardless of gender. The more empathetic and understanding you are, the stronger your relationships will be of all kinds-both inside and outside work. And specifically at work, according to a recent study, emotional intelligence is responsible for 58% of your job performance. It’s also financially rewarding to be emotionally intelligent – the same study revealed that those with high levels of emotional intelligence make $29,000 more every year than those with a low EI. Davitt Corporate Partners created the infographic below that details all the areas in which a high EI affects your life. It also gives us some tips on how we can develop our emotional intelligence. Let’s take a look!

Emotional Intelligence Infographic

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About David Keane

David Keane is the director of Davitt Corporate Partners, Ireland’s largest organisational psychology consultancy. Established in 1999 their highly experienced and specialised team work across all industry sectors from start-ups and niche clients in many of the largest organisations in the world.

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