I see the look when I mention my work is in emotional intelligence. People smile, their eyes gaze and I’m sure they’re wondering, what?
EQ is not nice
So to end some of the confusion, I thought I’d throw out some fast facts, Emotional intelligence is….
- not about being nice or accommodating- it’s about knowing your emotions & boundaries
- not dominated by women- men & women can be equally skilled but at different aspects. Women are more self aware and empathic while men tend to be better at stress and adapting. All important in EQ
- a learned skill- although some folks are naturally empathetic and sensitive to others, everyone can improve their own abilities with attention and practice
- an evolving skill that matures as we age (the up side of being over the hill
EQ is a muscle. Get pumped.
We all know that IQ refers to our book smarts. EQ is how people smart you are. Do you know your own feelings, which is not as obvious a question as you might think. Can you recognize feelings in others? Do you know how to manage your feelings or those of others skillfully?
We’re gonna be talking more about the components of EQ and how to develop your skills further. This is the most critical skill you can have as an entrepreneur or solopreneur.
Running your business without knowing your emotions and beliefs is like driving with your eyes closed. You’re gonna end up somewhere you don’t want to be!
So, of course, I’m curious. Where do you think you are with emotional intelligence on a scale of low, average, high?