Emotional Intelligence goes by a few different names, including EI and EQ. Regardless of what you call it, the definition remains the same: The ability to mange oneself — and relationships — effectively.
While there are a lot of different measurements for other types of intelligence, knowing where you rank in terms of EQ is a little more difficult. However, take one look at your life, from personal to professional, and you’ll start getting a good idea.
Study after study has shown that, the more successful and happy you are, the higher your EQ is, generally speaking.
So, what is EQ exactly? And, how does it have so much impact on your life?
The 4 Dimensions of EQ
While there are several factors that play into your emotional intelligence, all of them can generally be grouped into four different dimensions. Each of these dimensions is equally important, and being strong in all four is the best way to improve your overall EQ.
How EQ Drives Performance
According to most research, more than half of your performance at work is driven by your emotional intelligence. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that close to 90% of all professional top performers have extremely high EQs. The main reason for this is that, because most people work in an environment, whether at an actual workplace or simply with customers, the ability to navigate the world socially is critical. Or, in other words, “regular” intelligence alone is rarely enough to get you to the top.
Not only does EQ improve your at-work performance, but it helps you thrive in all “performance” areas of your life because it allows you to be healthy physically and mentally. When your EQ is high, your overall well-being improves, which means every area of your life, from romantic relationships to friendships, benefits.
Individuals, leaders, teams, and organizations all improve when emotional intelligence increases. And, when failure happens, it can often be traced back to an underlying lack of EQ.
For some people, emotional intelligence just comes naturally, a combination of personality, innate skills, and childhood experiences. If, however, EQ is not one of your natural skills, that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. With work and determination, EQ can be developed.
According to experts, the best way to start improving your EQ is knowing where you stand right now, and then picking a single area to focus on growing.
Trying to do it all at once is, like anything, too much to chew for anyone.
If you are looking for ways to further develop yourself – or others – in these 4 dimensions of EQ, take our free Lumina Splash assessment right on your mobile device.
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