Why is Emotional Intelligence Important in a Career?

Are you familiar with Emotional Intelligence?  Emotional intelligence is defined as the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups.  It’s commonly described as common sense.

Why is emotional intelligence important?  Studies indicate at least 27-45 percent of your success on the job relates to your ability to use emotional intelligence when relating to others.

Whether during an interview or in an important meeting recognizing your own emotions and how to handle them is extremely useful.  Having the ability to recognize the emotions of others and being able to adapt is also useful in your career.  Typically people with high emotional intelligence make better employees.  They have better decision-making abilities and job satisfaction and are able to nurture professional relationships.

Strengthening your emotional intelligence can help for numerous reasons – handling conflict, building trust, negotiating outcomes, and making good decisions.  In order to enhance your emotional intelligence, you need to become familiar with your own feelings.  Take a minute to pay attention to your feelings (not your thoughts!) and learn from them.