We often hear about boosting our IQ, but what about emotional intelligence? Is it important to our wellbeing? What will it do for you in your life?
What Is Emotional Intelligence?
Emotional intelligence speaks to the way that you handle your emotional self and are able to understand the emotional stance of others in your relationships. This can be an important skill to have in business and your personal life.
Emotional intelligence works something like this. Let’s say that you are in a conference room with department heads, giving a report on progress in your department. By looking at each of them, you will be able to discern certain facts about their emotional position. If the lady next to you is fidgeting, she is not paying attention to your speech but has her mind elsewhere. If the boss is frowning, then something you are saying is not to his liking.
Emotional cues are important to know. Much of what people say to us is said without words. Being able to gauge emotional wellbeing in others can help you make the sale where others have failed. It can also help in dealing with your children, parents and co-workers to make an untenable situation bearable for all involved.
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