The time is now to learn how to control the emotions of yourself and those around you.

Why? Let’s take a look.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.

Emotional Intelligence is the key to both personal and professional success. EQ was ranked sixth in the World Economic Forum’s list of the top 10 skills that employees will need to possess to thrive in the workplace of the future.

 

EQ affects the everyday decisions employers make, such as promoting, hiring and firing employees.

Nearly three-quarters (71%) of hiring managers surveyed by Career Builder in 2011 said they valued an employee’s EQ over their IQ. A further three-quarters (75%) said they would be more likely to promote an employee with high emotional intelligence. More than half (59%) said they wouldn’t hire a candidate with a high IQ and low EQ.

Employers may also use EQ as part of their assessment of which employees have leadership potential, or who is next in line for a pay raise or promotion. Writing for Forbes in 2014, Travis Bradberry, author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, said that “Of all the people we’ve studied at work, we’ve found that 90% of top performers are also high in emotional intelligence. On the flip side, just 20% of bottom performers are high in emotional intelligence. You can be a top performer without emotional intelligence, but the chances are slim.”

So what are you waiting for? It is time to jump out there and take a leap of faith. You have nothing to lose but a ton to gain.

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References:

CIPHR – The Importance Of Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace