It’s difficult to understand the people around you when you don’t understand yourself. Goldman argues that self-awareness is one of the most important elements of emotional intelligence because it gives you the ability to tune into your emotions, you value yourself, and are clear about your personal strengths and weaknesses. When you value yourself, you value others and employees are more likely to give their best when they feel valued.
Many successful teams with highly skilled manpower are not even aware of these traits because many times, we can be so consumed with one level of success that we are blinded to our areas of improvement blocking our climb toward a higher level of success. The inability to even identify the absence of the broad elements of emotional intelligence shows that such teams are not operating optimally.
If an organization’s values, ethics and behaviors form the framework of workplace culture, emotional intelligence (EQ) is the glue that holds it all together. In the past few years, we have observed that both candidates and clients are placing a greater emphasis on emotional intelligence in the interview and selection process.
Depending on the crowd, the importance of emotional intelligence (EI) in the workforce holds the same importance as IQ. EI is often the darling of the HR department but, to the chagrin of team members, not always modeled by the company. At a 50,000-foot level, EI is treating everyone on your team the way you want to be treated—with empathy, compassion and self-awareness, along with entrepreneurial spirit—hopefully empowering your team to exhibit the same behavior.
Even in the best of times, managing yourself and staying emotionally connected to your team can be a challenge. As we layer on the new realities of the post-Covid-19 world, it’s gotten much tougher. The stresses of working remotely, which adds new and confusing pressure and friction to our lives.
The ability to understand emotions contributes almost as much to students’ grades as their IQ.
Past studies show two personal qualities are important for student academic success – intelligence and conscientiousness.