Our world has become an increasingly emotionally charged place to be, particularly now in the aftermath and ongoing repercussions of the COVID pandemic. It seems that everyone is stressed to the max and relational tensions are running how, both on a personal level and in our work environments.
One of the keys to surviving our current cultural climate and still gaining ground in our careers is emotional intelligence.
Emotional intelligence is essentially the ability to be self-aware enough to recognize one’s own emotions, to understand one’s own limits and responses, to be able to manage emotions and respond reasonably, and to be aware of the emotions of others. It’s what provides the characteristics of taking responsibility for actions, asking for help when needed, and understanding how our words and actions can affect other people.
Not only is emotional intelligence a highly valuable tool for all relationships, both personal and professional, but it is also a high indicator of salary and leadership success.
Beyond education and expertise, emotional intelligence can be the key to forward progression or stagnation in every aspect of life.