This week I’m writing just a little about research that shows just why (and how) emotional intelligence helps people in the business world. I’m doing this partly to re-inspire you and partly to counter criticisms that emotional intelligence is wishy-washy stuff that has no place in the modern work world.
In fact, it’s clear — people who have emotional intelligence tend to do better in work situations than people do not.
So here’s another interesting study: When the search firm Egon Zehnder International analyzed the work of 515 executives in South America, Germany, and Japan, they found that emotional intelligence was a better predictor of success than previous experience or IQ. That same study found that successful executives had high emotional intelligence 74 percent of the time, while failed executives had high emotional intelligence only 24 percent of the time.
Of course, all this talk of the importance of Business EQ may whet your whistle for developing your own emotional intelligence, but it sort of begs the question: How does one actually become more emotionally intelligent? After all, by the time we’re working adults, we’ve been pretty well conditioned to perceive and respond to situations — by our family of origin, by our early work experiences, even by our current relationships. So are there ways to grow emotional intelligence?
You betcha. Stay tuned to find out how.