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Developing Emotional Intelligence for Career Success

By Sandra Martinez

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As businesses continue to advance and grow, experts in the field are busy researching new and innovative techniques of improving circumstances for all stakeholders involved. In recent years, psychology has come to play a significant part in how firms are operated, business deals are conducted, and employee-employer relations play out. Emotional Intelligence A relatively new concept, emotional intelligence (EI) has become a commonly used term in the field of business. This factor is an integral aspect of what sets us apart from one another. It determines significantly how we think, speak, and act with each other, often in a manner that is beneficial to all. Emotional intelligence depends on one’s personal as well as social competencies, their awareness and ability to manage situations in both areas. IQ and emotional intelligence are not the same – while intelligence and ability to comprehend more or less have an upper limit, a person’s emotional quotient (EQ) can continue to expand.  Similarly, it is not equal to personality; rather, emotional intelligence and one’s personality tend to go hand in hand. Emotional Intelligence and the Workplace For ambitious employees who wish to embark upon successful careers, developing emotional intelligence can be a powerful asset and advantage. Recent studies have shown that emotional intelligence has a strong connection to workplace performance. Research has determined a direct link between EI, superior performance, and higher earnings. While the notion of appropriate personal and social management is not new, what this research accomplishes is the measurement of just how important EI is in the business environment. According to analysis on the subject consciously employing strategies to develop EI enables the linkage of the rational and emotional aspects of one’s brain function. This helps to incorporate both logical and emotional soundness into daily activities and habits. Individuals who score low on more traditional scales of intelligence have witnessed career success thanks to some carefully applied EI. What You Can Do Studies have shown what employers look for and find lacking in their subordinates include: poor social skills, defensive and hostile behavior, apprehension towards learning, and inability to work in teams all rank high. Employees are encouraged to face fears, worries, and criticism with a positive attitude. Display of emotional strength and self-awareness in order to better understand human behavior and intentions in the business environment is a prominent career advantage for employees. Gender Politics Gender differences have played a major part in determining just how far EI goes when it comes to how well men and women are able to successfully control and utilize their emotions in order to find balance and prosper on the job. While it is true that women are more easily able to tap into their emotions but are more prone to anxiety and suffering under stress than men, EI dismisses the notion that each respective gender’s performance will also depend according to their innate biological difference. Women who work on their personal and social competence are able to withstand stress as any man does, and men have been capable of behaving similarly to display stronger emotional resilience. These results hence are in everyone’s favor. For individuals – women in particular – just starting work, or even experienced individuals who may be more likely to feel workplace pressure, studies in EI have only good news. Appropriately applied strategies can set them on the path to filtering out the negative, focusing only on positives, and paving the path for success. Sources: Forbes Welcome. (2016). Retrieved 14 March 2016, from Working With Emotional Intelligence. (2016). Retrieved 14 March 2016, from What is Emotional Intelligence (EQ)?. (2016). Psych Retrieved 14 March 2016, from    

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About Sandra Martinez

Sandra is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. She is a merchandise marketer who has respected experience in fashion showrooms and with ...

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