When determining your emotional intelligence skills, the term “emotional quotient” is often used when taking an emotional intelligence appraisal that gives you that number. It's also called your emotional IQ score.
Some companies today are requiring this as a part of their recruitment processes as illustrated by this chart:
But, whether or not your company requires a test, let's take a look at another definition of emotional intelligence and how it relates to spotting EQ in the workplace today.
What is Emotional Intelligence (also called EQ?)
Understanding EQ is easy once you get a simplified definition of it.
I think this quote sums it up nicely:
When you apply this definition of emotional intelligence to your pursuit of finding emotional intelligence in business, it's an easier gauge to use than to go around asking everyone about their emotional IQ score.
Now, let's apply this definition in tangible ways for you to look around your office and see if you can determine your own co-workers' “emotional IQ” scores.
First, it's easy to spot someone who is leading with emotional intelligence.
Because this person usually stands out as “being smart in a different way” as defined above. This person usually makes good business decisions that come from a rational, logical point of view, yet takes into account the feelings and emotions that go along with those decisions.
A person leading with emotional intelligence tends to be motivated, hopeful and optimistic, which usually filters “down the chain” and is viewed as “he/she's a great supervisor because he/she listens to me and regards my opinion or because he/she always knows how to positively motivate the group for greater productivity.”
In fact, emotional intelligence is regarded now as one of the key factors in having greater success in business and a very big part in having a positive attitude in the workplace.
Does this mean that everyone in the “higher levels of success” have high EQ skills? No, absolutely not. In fact, it's been shown that many high level executives show very low emotional intelligence...
Yet they got there anyway... Now, how did that happen?
Probably through a lot of hard work and determination..
But they got there.
So, while emotional intelligence in business is highly prized, it isn't necessarily applied as readily as it could be so far.
Now let's take a quick look at someone, whether they are in leadership or are a co-worker, who exhibits low emotional intelligence...
This person is usually highly emotionally volatile and spends a lot of time “ranting and raving” about things of little significance.
This person could also be in a lot of denial about his/her own feelings and relationships and “doesn't have a clue” of the thoughts and feelings of the people around him/her.
This person doesn't know how to “get along” with people usually, but this doesn't mean that this person is not intellectually smart.
In fact, having a high level of IQ (intelligence quotient) is not related at all to your emotional quotient level. And while IQ “supposedly” cannot be improved, EQ has a very unique ability to become stronger and stronger the more you practice it.
When looking for positive attitude in the workplace, you'll probably find that the person with the positive attitude is also the person who exhibits high emotional intelligence skills as well, but not always.
Since I view the process of learning how to improve emotional intelligence a valuable personal development tool, I think it's important enough to do a bit of study on the subject and play around with a free emotional intelligence test or two.
In fact, I have an article with an emotional intelligence free test, which also gives you guidance in how to use it as a personal development course for yourself. Click here to go to that article now and then come back.. I'll be waiting here for you...
In summary, the bottom line is if you would rather be like the first example of emotional intelligence I used – the person leading with emotional intelligence – rather than the second example of low emotional intelligence, you want to learn how to improve emotional intelligence.
There are a number of ways to do this, one way which I like is through hypnosis – of course, you know me, the hypnotherapist always comes out.
And here's an another article that explains more about this great subject:
What is Emotional Intelligence and How Does it Relate to Positive Thinking? “What is Emotional Intelligence” is a hot question today with so much emphasis on emotional intelligence in business and how it strongly affects our success at work. But it also affects success...
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