By Katie Corbett
I first learned about emotional intelligence (EQ) when I was between jobs and contemplating a move to San Diego. After reading the book that will be the subject of these next few blog posts, I enjoyed the concepts so much that I reached out to the company, TalentSmart, where the concept of emotional intelligence was developed. (Coincidentally, they are located in San Diego!) I wanted to support their work, so I asked if they had any job openings. They did and I had a great interview with them, though I was not offered a position. In addition to providing some interview practice, the company’s concept of emotional intelligence has changed how I interact with others and how I treat myself. Read on to learn more!
The book, “Emotional Intelligence 2.0”, by Travis Bradberry, explains the idea that you can grow in EQ. Here’s a bit more about it, according to the book.
EQ consists of four key areas: Self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.
- Self-awareness means you know yourself and who you really are.
- Self-management is the ability to use your awareness of your emotions to actively choose what you say and do.
- Social awareness is used to recognize and understand the moods of other people.
- Relationship management is the concept of what to do to build and strengthen relationships.
- Unlike IQ, which is fixed, a person can continue to increase their EQ.
- Those with higher EQ have more success in their careers and more satisfaction with life.
I have reencountered EQ and reassessed mine a few times since first picking up this book in 2014. I tend to test high on social awareness and relationship management. I have been working to increase my scores in the areas of self-awareness and self-management. I have noticed a few notable changes during this last round of work, which I will elaborate on in coming posts.
If you want to learn more about EQ, take the assessment for yourself and see what you can do to improve. There are now several available online. I also highly recommend you pick up “Emotional Intelligence 2.0”. It’s life-changing stuff.
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