THE FIVE CATEGORIES OF EMOTIONAL QUOTIENT (EQ)

The following excerpt part one of two from Emotional intelligence: Boosting Your Emotional Quotient (EQ):

1. Self-Awareness. The ability to accurately perceive an articulate a feeling as it is happening in real time. Developing of self awareness requires that a person deeply tune into their own emotional spectrum. Once a person truly and accurately evaluates and articulates each of their many emotions they develop the skill set to manage self-awareness itself.
2. Self-Regulation. It is possible for an individual to determine how long they let an emotion last by implementing a number of approaches to diminish negative emotions such as anger, depression, and anxiety. Prayer, meditation, and contemplating the life lesson in every situation while taking a walk are all self-regulating tools.
3. Motivation. An emotionally aware person  can motivate himself for the achievement of any particular goal while maintaining a positive attitude. People naturally vary in their propensity towards a positive or negative attitude. With effort a person can condition her mind to adopt a positive predisposition. The goal is achieved by habitually catching negative thoughts as they materialize and reframing them more positively.
4. Empathy entails the ability to recognize how people feel. Empathy is a quality that is not only important in business, but in life as well. It is only logical that the more skillful a person is at discerning other’s feelings, the more skillful they will be at controlling the kind of signals that they send back. 

Empathetic individuals often display excellent performance in the following things:

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Service Orientation in terms of anticipating the client’s needs and meeting them promptly.
Inspiring Others, which comes as a result of recognizing people’s weak points and, hence, reinforcing their abilities and inspiring growth.
Political Awareness, which refers to reading emotional cues in group settings and how to make a connection and establish relationships.

5. People Skills. Great interpersonal skills are directly proportional to success in business and beyond. In our digital world people are in constant connection and communication, it has become even more important to posses people skills and EQ skills as a whole in order to be in a position to understand, negotiate, and empathize with others people in the global economy. Some the most important people skills are influencing others, communication expertise, leadership, team playing, cooperation and collaboration among peers, conflict management abilities, among others.

IMPORTANCE OF EMOTIONAL QUOTIENT

It is not the smartest individuals that are the most successful or fulfilled in life. I am sure you can think of one person who is academically brilliant but almost completely handicapped socially, unsuccessful career-wise, or failing in personal relationships. Intelligence (IQ) alone is inadequate in establishing a successful life. IQ will earn you impressive credits and get you into the best schools, but emotional quotient helps you manage stress and emotions during demanding exam periods. Without Emotional Quotient, IQ might burn itself out.

emotional quotientWork Performance enhanced by Emotional Quotient is what enables an individual to maneuver through various social complexities at the workplace; lead, inspire, influence, motivate peers, and ultimately succeed in one’s career. Most business and companies these days emphasize more on the EQ of their employees than their IQ.

EQ is important in keeping a healthy balance in one’s Mental Health. Unmanaged stress levels also have a grave and adverse impact on one’s mental health, making them vulnerable to anger, depression, and anxiety. If a person is unable to understand, find comfort, and manage their emotions, the they will often find that they are incapable of forming strong bonds with others, which can leave them feeling isolated; leading us to the next point.

Relationships. Relationships are a fundamental and unavoidable aspect of every sector of our lives. EQ is important for the healthy development and growth of healthy relationships. This is because understanding one’s emotions and how they can be controlled makes an individual better at expressing how they feel as well as understanding how others feel. This paves way for an avenue of open and effective communication that forges strong relationships, not only at work but in one’s personal life.