Emotional Intelligence a must-have leadership skill
It is often easier to be a successful leader with a high IQ than with a high EQ. And while IQ is undoubtedly essential, emotional intelligence can make or break your leadership abilities.
What is emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence (or EQ) is defined by the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) plus self-awareness, social awareness, and relationship management skills. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have shown that high EQ leaders make their employees feel more valued, augment their engagement, and lower turnover.
In the last decade, emotional intelligence (EQ) has become an increasingly popular topic. The reason is simple: it directly affects how we behave at work and how successful we are.
Research proves it: emotionally intelligent employees are more engaged in their work and boost team productivity by 58%, compared to only 9% for employees without EQ. They also experience less conflict on teams, and they are more proactive in owning their career development.
However, emotional intelligence is no longer just a nice-to-have skill – it is a must-have. And this is not just about having personal or team development – both are important – but also about the big picture. While most companies struggle to find or retain top talent, the 20% of companies with the highest EQ outperform peers by 83%.
With the right emotional intelligence (EQ), you can lead with confidence. It is critical to know where your current strengths and possibilities are if you want to be the most outstanding leader you can be. This is not to say that you need to overhaul everything about your personality and being – instead, it is a chance to harness and harness what comes naturally to you. For example, by assessing your emotional quotient, or EQ, you can get a better sense of how you get along with others and make positive changes when necessary.