Want To Be More Successful? You Need To Work On Your Emotional Intelligence

To succeed, you need more than just high intellect.

It is a common belief that intelligent people are the ones who succeed in life. However, it is also a common belief that intellectual ones lack emotional intelligence—perhaps this is where the disconnect begins. By disconnect, I mean, not all intelligent people are really successful and you know, the average performers at school are mostly the ones breaking barriers in the end. Is emotional intelligence the reason? Most likely so.

So how does emotional intelligence matter when it comes to success? Studies conducted say that people with high emotional intelligence earn more than people with low emotional intelligence. This is a big deal because the average difference is as high as $29,000 per year.

Now, a question begs to be asked. Would you rather be intellectually or emotionally intelligent? If I were to answer this question, I would say I want to be both, to have a right balance. But then again, such is a rarity. Having said that, I would have to settle with training myself to improve my EQ. When I do, given that it may take some time, I also get to explore other possibilities emotional intelligence may bring.

To learn more about this, please read on below and let us know your thoughts. In addition, for the sake of discussion, tell us, how does being emotionally or intellectually intelligent affect your life?

Why You Need Emotional Intelligence To Succeed

Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible…Emotional intelligence is made up of four core skills that pair up under two primary competencies: personal competence and social competence.

Personal competence comprises your self-awareness and self-management skills, which focus more on you individually than on your interactions with other people.

  • Self-Awareness.
  • Self-Management

Social competence is made up of your social awareness and relationship management skills; social competence is your ability to understand other people’s moods, behavior, and motives in order to respond effectively and improve the quality of your relationships.

  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Management

 Emotional Intelligence, IQ, and Personality Are Different

Intelligence is your ability to learn…Emotional intelligence, on the other hand, is a flexible set of skills that can be acquired and improved with practice.

Personality is the result of hard-wired preferences, such as the inclination toward introversion or extroversion.

Emotional Intelligence Predicts Performance

…Naturally, people with a high degree of emotional intelligence make more money—an average of $29,000 more per year than people with a low degree of emotional intelligence.

You Can Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

…As you train your brain by repeatedly practicing new emotionally intelligent behaviors, your brain builds the pathways needed to make them into habits.

–by Dr. Travis Bradberry

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