In today’s competitive world and integrated global economy, being emotionally intelligent holds more value than conventional intelligence. How often do you think your emotions impact your career’s success? Being in control of your emotions and displaying sensitivity towards others’ feelings directly correlates to your professional opportunity set. Your emotional awareness and considerate nature represent key, but often overlooked, competitive advantages. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to both understand and control our own emotions, and the emotions of others.
Daniel Goleman, the author and psychologist who helped make the subject of emotional intelligence more prominent, found through research that out of all the abilities that lead to a steady job performance, 67 per cent were directly associated with emotional intelligence. Goleman also highlights an important practice of today’s successful companies worldwide: they routinely look through the lens of Emotional Intelligence when hiring, promoting, and developing their employees. Emotional intelligence is a critical factor on the path to becoming a successful leader from an emerging one.