Why does success as a leader seem like a struggle for some and look effortless for others? And why doesn’t it seem to matter how brilliant or technically adept the individual is? In fact, cognitive intelligence, or IQ, has been shown to be far less predictive of leadership success than emotional intelligence, or EQ.
Simply put, emotional intelligence is the intelligent management of your emotions.
The good news is that EQ can be learned and can continue to grow over a lifetime. The first step is to become aware of your EQ strengths and gaps, which are clear from the BarOn EQ-i reports. (Both a self-assessment and a 360 are available.) A coach can help you incorporate the assessment results into your development plan. Then your job will be to pay close attention to the impact your emotions are having on you and on those around you, and to practice more effective ways of managing those emotions. Insights, suggestions and feedback from your coach along the way will help accelerate your growth.
Most leadership experts agree that a high EQ should be a pre-requisite for a leadership role. Mastering the “soft skills” that make up emotional intelligence makes an enormous difference in one’s success, both in your career and life in general.