Boosting your Emotional Intelligence can enhance job performance, improve teamwork, and sharpen communication skills.
A high IQ might lead to high academic achievement, but EQ can be a more significant factor for success at work — and in life. That stands for Emotional Intelligence, a sense of social and self-awareness that enhances job performance and interpersonal skills. In today’s hybrid work environment, it’s more critical than ever.
Emotional Intelligence has health benefits, as well. It fosters a sense of being more present and mindful, helping to ease stress and depression, two major causes of illness in our post-pandemic world, said Judith Lukomski, CEO of Transitions Today, a progressive management and social change consultancy.
“EQ is the ability to understand and manage your emotions in a positive way, and understanding what’s going on with other people, too,” she said. “Everything that we’re feeling creates emotion, whether we’re excited and happy or feeling depressed and tired. Everyone goes through hundreds of different emotions a day and that’s important to understand.”
While the IQ represents “book smarts,” EQ is the heart working in unison with the head, and it’s where our most impactful decisions come from. Learning to cultivate EQ and bringing it into your work environment whether onsite or on Zoom, can reap considerable rewards.
Lukomski elaborated on the four foundations of EQ in the DCE webinar, Let’s Learn: Emotional Intelligence in Today’s Work Environment.