Your cognitive intelligence alone may not necessarily predict your future success in life. Other “intelligent” factors such as self- awareness, impulse control, persistence, self-motivation, being able to build and sustain inspiring work environments as well as engage others through empathy and positive relationships are qualities which set apart individuals who excel in their workplace and their personal lives.
These basic qualities are now commonly known as “Emotional Intelligence”, an array of non-cognitive capabilities, competencies and skills that influence one’s ability to succeed in coping with environmental demands and pressures. Research shows that an employee’s Emotional Intelligence has clear links not only to their own performance but also impacts everyone else around them.
Emotional Intelligence (EI) can be defined as a set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges, and use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way.
Why Your Emotional Quotient (EQ) is Important
IQ gets you hired, EQ makes you a star.
Cognitive intelligence and technical expertise are important. But once a person has passed the threshold for IQ, Emotional Intelligence skills are far more reliable predictors of future success. Since the first assessments of the Emotional Intelligence in the late 90s with the EQ-i (Emotional Quotient Inventory), organizations have started to integrate EQ skills into training and hiring to gain competitive advantage. It is becoming increasingly clear that these skills are the foundation of high-performing individuals and organizations.
More and more studies point out that the “stars” among managers and corporate leaders outperform their colleagues in all EQ areas but scored highest in Flexibility, Self- Regard and Stress Tolerance. No surprise. We all know that successful managers have good self-confidence and are better at handling stress and dealing with change.
Emotional intelligence has proven to be a key indicator of people’s performance and development potential. Emotional intelligence is not a static factor. One’s emotional intelligence changes over time and can be developed in targeted areas.
EI can be measured with the EQ-i 2.0, a psychometric assessment. The EQ-i 2.0 features one overarching EI score (Total EI), broken down into five composite scores which measure five distinct aspects of emotional and social functioning.
To see a sample report of the EQ-i 2.0 please contact me.
As one of the first certified users of the EQ-i in Singapore I have more than a decade of experience designing and conducting EQ training and coaching programs for executives, teams, and organizations in Asia and Europe.
I also offer EQ-i certifications in English and German, training others in how to assess, coach and develop Emotional Intelligence.
To find out more about how your organization can benefit from the EQ-i with regards to leadership development, selection of future leaders, training and development of employees, or to bring a custom-designed EQ training & development program to your company, please get in touch with me.