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Why emotional intelligence is important to workplace success

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A widespread way to judge how smart someone is by grading their intelligence quotient, or IQ. However, emotional intelligence has become the focus of many employers today. Emotional intelligence centers on interpersonal skills and the capacity for one to reflect and identify emotions in themselves and others.

As employers seek new skills in employees, what skills are needed for good emotional intelligence and how does one develop these traits?

The basics of emotional intelligence

Daniel Goleman, internationally-known psychologist and co-director of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence defines the five core components as:

  1. Self-awareness - Understanding your emotions and the impact they can have on other people.
  2. Self-regulation - Always thinking before you act and not letting your emotions get the best of you
  3. Internal/intrinsic motivation - Motivating yourself to reach your personal goals rather than through rewards
  4. Empathy - The ability to understand the point of view and feelings of another person
  5. Social skills - The ability to develop relationships and create a network of people

As an employee, it's best to control these five focus areas in order to develop your emotional intelligence and become a great resource in the workplace.

Why is emotional intelligence important?

Workers with high emotional intelligence?are better able to work in teams, adapt to change and learn from mistakes. Individuals with high emotional intelligence also are effective collaborators and communicators, which can prove to be invaluable for companies who prioritize teamwork. While degrees, certifications, or specialized skill sets are needed in most workplaces, employees who can empathize with their co-workers and manage workplace stress have intangible assets that can go on to make them future leaders in their industry.

How can I develop my emotional intelligence?

Improving yourself as an employee is key to growing into a future business leader. Even though there are many ways you can develop the basics of emotional intelligence, you can take time at the end of each day to reflect upon your emotions - both positive and negative. Think about what led you to those emotions and how it can help motivate you to reach your individual and team goals.

At YTI Career Institute, our Career Services Specialists can provide you advice and resources on how to best prepare for post-grad life, including how to improve your soft skills and emotional intelligence.

Now that you understand the importance of developing your emotional intelligence knowledge and skills, you're more prepared for life after graduation. For any other questions on career development, call us at 1-800-795-0971 or visit http://www.TheFutureIWantNow.com/YTI.

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