Emotional Intelligence in the workplace – Why is it important?

Emotional Intelligence in the workplace – Why is it important?

Posted Jul 22nd, 2015 by Expedite | 0 comments


How often do you come across someone who is smart, yet not doing well in their job? Most people attribute success to intelligence, which is not necessarily the case if one goes by recent studies in Psychology. At times, intelligence and personality are clouding our perception of the role that Emotional Intelligence (EI) plays in success.

According to a study published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior, people with a higher EI tend to earn more, and if you were to extrapolate that, were also more successful.  

From great philosophers to pioneering scientists, intelligence has always been a subject of discussion when reflecting on the works of great individuals  who have left an indelible mark upon us. However, in this age, more than ever before, it is necessary that we work in teams and collaborate with others - merely having a high IQ isn’t sufficient. The right temperament to handle work pressure and the ability to deal with different types of people in the workplace is extremely  important.

Emotional Intelligence impacts your performance in the workplace in more ways than one:

o   Dealing with work pressure

Work pressure can get to the best of the best. And when that happens, you might react in unpredictable ways that can prove detrimental to the organisation’s agenda, as well as to your own personal growth. Managing pressure at work effectively is by far the biggest challenge that professionals face today; a high EI helps you cope with this pressure better.

o   Communicating effectively

As the workplace evolves into a more interactive space, communication plays an even more crucial role in the functioning of the organisation. A high EI assists you in communicating with clarity among your peers, so that your message is conveyed effortlessly; this is critical in an ever-changing office landscape to help you achieve success.

o   Leading others

How we lead others has got more to do with our Emotional Intelligence (EI) than our Intelligence Quotient (IQ). To be an inspiring leader you must lead by example, and to be able to do that it’s helpful to be in-tune with your emotions. If you can’t motivate yourself, inspiring others who might be going through an emotional rut will be challenging.

  • Moving up the ladder

As you move up the ladder, you will be accountable for more and thus will need more emotional stability and fortitude if you are to work your way through the loads of multitasking that you’ll be doing.

There is no doubt we can achieve infinitely more in our workspace, if we develop our EI with the help of cutting-edge research and proactive work.

Join us for the second meeting of the Strategic HR Taskforce 2015 on the 21st July, 2015. This meeting will be an ideal chance for you to understand, gain insights and present your viewpoint on Emotional Intelligence for Human Resource. Please find details here: http://bit.ly/1IXLfWh

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