What Kind of Smart Are You? 3 Ways to Build EQ

What Kind of Smart Are You? 3 Ways to Build EQ
From Recruiter - October 13, 2016

Intelligence is an important trait in any leaderbut in business, a leader is nothing unless they can combine that intelligence with the ability to assemble a great team of people who can work together. A leadercan have all of the book smarts in the world, but they will never be truly effective unless theycan work side by side with others to accomplish great things. The key to great leadership lies in combining the fundamental characteristics of both emotional intelligence or emotional quotient (EQ) and cognitive intelligence or intelligence quotient (IQ).

EQ vs. IQ

The theory of EQ dates back at least to Wayne Paynes 1985 doctoral dissertation, titled, A Study of Emotion: Developing Emotional Intelligence. EQ is defined as the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups. It demonstrates the ability to identify, evaluate, control and express ones own emotions and to perceive and assess the emotions of others. Those who have high levels of EQ can use emotions to facilitate thinking and understand emotional meanings.

The more commonly known IQ dates back to 1883, and it relates directly to intellectual pursuits likethe ability to learn, understand, and apply information. IQ covers logical reasoning, word comprehension, and math skills. Ones IQ score is derived from standardized assessments designed to test intelligence. People with higher IQ over EQ can think in abstracts and connect two or more seemingly disparate items more easily.

There is quite a bit of debate about the relative value of EQ versus IQ, but psychologist Daniel Goleman put it best when he said, IQ will get you through school, whereas EQ will get you through life.According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, the greatest leaders have high levels of EQ and thus they are able to use their talents and intelligence to get the job done while also possessing people skills that inspire teamwork in an organic way.

Below are three ways to build up and use your emotional intelligence to help you and your team work better together:

1. Practice Self-Awareness

To improve and use EQ in the workplace, a leader should begin by acknowledging theirpersonal feelings and understanding the root of theiremotions. By becoming more aware of theirown words, actions, and moods (including anger or frustration), a leader can better focus ontheirstrengths instead of theirweaknesses and relay a message of positivity to theirteam members.


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