We are emotional beings and if we can harness the power of understanding and managing our emotions the right way; we call it emotional intelligence. Emotions affect what we do, how we decide, how we react and how we define the quality of our life. Keeping a check on our emotions with an ability to change, can help us take control of our lives. We can become highly emotionally intelligent people.
So, whether you are interested because you want to know your level of EQ or you want to improve your EQ and become more successful in life or at work, here are five qualities of highly emotionally intelligent people:
Definition of EQ by author Daniel Goleman is the ability to:
“Recognize, understand and manage our own emotions
Recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others
They are self-aware
One of the most fundamental yet crucial qualities of highly emotionally intelligent people is that they are self-aware. Self-awareness is the art of understanding your own self, recognising what triggers you and what doesn’t, how should you react and manage yourself. Self-awareness is both how we see ourselves, and also how we perceive others to see us.
They are curious
Highly emotionally intelligent people are always curious and willing to learn and grow. They ask many questions without judgements and are eager to expand their horizons. Curiosity distills passion which makes them focussed and driven, two most important ingredients for success.
They are empathetic
According to psychologist Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, empathy is one of five primary components of EQ. When you understand how others feel and what they are going through, it does not only help in building better relationships but is also a very vital leadership quality in the digital age.
They are change agents
Emotionally intelligent people recognise when to continue their path, and when it’s time for a change. They are also not afraid of moving through any unexpected situation which makes them good at adaptability. Adaptability or the ability to adjust in any circumstance is very important for a happy and fulfilled life.
They are Balanced
As mentioned above, people with high emotional intelligence are self-aware which means that they know the importance of how to manage their both professional and personal life. They take care of themselves and know when to switch off from work and enjoy life outside of professional obligations.
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