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|Why your emotional intelligence may be more important than your IQ|
|Written by Ralph Brown|
I remember it well.
At the end of a workshop one of the participants took me aside and asked, 'Could you call it something else? I didn't want to tell the people at the office I was coming to an emotional intelligence workshop. I'd never have heard the end of it.'
A man? Yep. And a very active participant - once he realised how much difference the key ideas could make to his career.
We've been cautious with the label emotional intelligence ever since that conversation. We often focus on resilience, 'what to do when the going gets rough', 'staying motivated', 'setting goals and achieving them', 'leading others in challenging times' and even 'what the world's most successful people really do.' They all fit under the umbrella of emotional intelligence and there's plenty of credible research to support them.
Broadly speaking, our emotional intelligence is our ability to manage ourselves and our relationships. Your intellectual abilities, technical skills, qualifications and experience may get you the job, but your emotional intelliegence will determine how far you are promoted.
You can't do much about your I.Q. but you can certainly increase your E.Q. (Your Emotional Quotient)
We can divide the characteristics of emotionally intelligent people into four categories.