What is Emotional Intelligence and is it important? Emotional intelligence has been discussed for many years, we understand Emotional Intelligence to be the ability to recognize your own and other’s emotions, to have self-awareness, self- regulations, self- esteem, empathy, social awareness, and motivation. Is there a relationship between Emotional Intelligence and leadership? There was an article in Forbes magazine http://alturl.com/ky9is that speaks to this question, another article in Forbes speaks to the success you realize http://alturl.com/e34mf
Is Emotional Intelligence over rated? We know that in the work place to be successful we need to build positive relationships with colleagues, your boss and the administrative staff, as well as, managing up and down the “ladder”. In additions, we need to manage our emotions and reactions and not let them hold us prisoner. Some of us can fully understand another’s perspective even when it contradicts with our own. In my opinion, with work experience you develop the ability to grasp and perhaps synthesize facts in your work place environment which is a measure of success and leadership. I do not think Emotional Intelligence is over rated, I do think it needs to be introduced earlier in our career and it should be recognized as important as IQ.
I found an interesting view point-quote, “yes people, while they seem sunny on paper, yes people almost never survive and can actually harm the future of your organization. In fact, research conducted at the University of California in San Francisco shows that, the more difficulty you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression. Emotionally intelligent people won’t say yes unless they really want to, which can contribute to the level of engagement they have with a task, as well as the overall outcome. Google is a great example of a company that just says no to yes people. Successful people have a fierce position, argue like hell, and are zealots about their point of view. This is not to say they are egotistical, these employees are presented with a new fact or valid argument to prove a stance, they will accommodate the correct viewpoint. In the end, they understand when to say no, both in terms of a commitment and in terms of their ego.”
Emotional intelligence accounts for anywhere from 24% to 69% of performance success. That being the case, Emotional Intelligence perhaps should be a part of the hiring process.