Emotional intelligence has become the trendy buzzword for managing your emotions and being aware of how they affect other people. According to recent research, the mastery of your emotions paired with high performance is a sure ticket to the C-suite in any organization and key to success in the corporate world.
Sadly, as women, we are already assigned the stereotype of being more emotional than men when entering the workplace, which means we have to work twice as hard at proving we are able to manage our feelings in an office setting. Here are a few tips that will have you well on your way to perfecting this skill.
Be aware of how you are perceived
Have you ever noticed the lady who always cries at work? What about the know-it-all who constantly brags about their Ivy League education? While no one should ever dismiss your feelings or credentials, you should be self-aware and realize others interact with you based on their perception of you. Make an effort to create a personal brand at work that exudes hard work, productivity and a willingness to get things done no matter the situation or environment.
Invest in your EQ, not just your IQ
Many people spend years in school building their academic intelligence, but never take time to enhance their social and interpersonal skills. Building your emotional quotient is just as important if not more so than your competency in a certain area or industry. In fact, studies have shown that employers are more likely to hire someone they would like to hang out with as opposed to a more qualified person. Relationships are the key to success in any field so investing in yourself and learning how to work with others will lead you to extraordinary returns.
The more complex your job, the more emotionally intelligent you have to be
No matter what you want to do in life, at some point you will have to work with people. Starting a business? You will have to build your team. Moving up in an organization? You will have to manage the relationships above and below you. In the words of my mentor, “When you make it to the top, who you are, not what you do, is what makes you special.” Be the type of person others want to work for and with, and you’ll have a much better chance of succeeding in the workplace.