“All learning has an emotional base.” – Plato
When it comes to happiness and success in life, emotional intelligence (EQ) matters just as much as intellectual ability (IQ). And some experts will argue that it’s actually more important than IQ. Emotional intelligence is the foundation from which you build strong relationships. All relationships. Which equates to a fuller more connected life, success in interpersonal relationships, a thriving career and goal achievement.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, understand and manage our emotions. Rather than emotion driving us…we become the drivers. It’s the understanding of what motivates our behavior. Responding rather than reacting. When we understand what’s happening internally, we can then communicate effectively, overcome challenges and defuse conflict. It’s not just all about us. EQ is also understanding what’s going on in others; their emotional state. Being able to identify, empathize and engage with other people.
When we’re operating from a high EQ, everybody benefits. Our employees/coworkers, significant others, friendships, children, family, ect…Life becomes an exhilarating ride rather than a series of train wrecks from which we are continually recovering.