Ever hear when people make mention that they know how to work a room? You might think that these skills are for type A, salesperson extroverts, but that would be an incomplete understanding of a great range of dimensional knowledge. Emotional intelligence, or EQ, is a skillset that is lacking and all too often overlooked and misunderstood. Many people and companies look too closely around the realm of IQ – don’t get me wrong, critical thinking and degrees are important, but much of this is all for not performing well in the workplace if you cannot empathize with and understand the people and teams around you.
Emotional intelligence comes from some interesting origins – originally coined by psychology professors John D. Mayer & Peter Salovey in a research paper as recent as 1990, making it a new field of study. Mayer defines emotional intelligence as “s “the ability to accurately perceive your own and others’ emotions; to understand the signals that emotions send about relationships; and to manage your own and others’ emotions.”
Learn more about how you can improve your emotional intelligence and have it lead to greater success for you and those around you with the information from this visual deep dive below: