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If You Can Truthfully Say 'Yes' to Any of These 5 Questions, Your Emotional Intelligence Is Lower Than You Think

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If You Can Truthfully Say 'Yes' to Any of These 5 Questions, Your Emotional Intelligence Is Lower Than You Think
Research has determined that EQ determines an employee's overall success when it comes to work, relationships, and general well-being. In the age of artificial intelligence and automation, emotional intelligence may be not only what saves us from the robots, it may also be what saves us from ourselves.

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Emotional Intelligence

People with high emotional intelligence (EQ) are generally found to have more success in life.

Being better at handling and gauging emotions and forming relationships is a formidable trait in this world of Artificiality and automation. EQ helps in people moving up the corporate ladder, in their job performance, in attaining better salaries, and is one of the top 10 job skills(or desirable trait in a prospect) of 2020.

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Five Questions

... we need to ask ourselves in order to assess low emotional intelligence:

  1. Are you quick to judge? Low EQ people make hasty, impulsive and negative decisions.
  2. Do you have a hard time accepting criticism? Low EQ people tend to freak out when criticized.
  3. Are you stressed or anxious? People with low EQ tend to be anxious and stressed.
  4. Are you a bad listener? Low EQ individuals neglect to listen and lack empathy
  5. Is it hard to recover from mistakes? High EQ individuals are resilient and heal easily.

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Emotional Intelligence (EI)

Emotional Intelligence (EI)

EI means the mastery of emotional competencies. 

That includes self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

Questions to Measure EI in interviews

  • How do you establish trust? An environment with trust promotes higher working engagement
  • If you worked for your top competitor, how would you beat yourself?  This question could show the candidate's ability to put the good of the organization ahead their own pride.
  • Can you use a belief statement to explain the value of what we offer? Ask a belief statement that gets at the heart of what an organization or team offers.

Emotional Intelligence Matters

EQ is not only the ability to identify and manage your own emotions, but it’s also the ability to recognize the emotions of others.

Manage your negative emotions

When you’re able to manage and reduce your negative emotions, you’re less likely to get overwhelmed. 

If someone is upsetting you, don’t jump to conclusions. Instead, allow yourself to look at the situation in a variety of ways. Try to look at things objectively so you don’t get riled up as easily. 

Be mindful of your vocabulary

Emotionally intelligent people tend to use more specific words that can help communicate deficiencies, and then they immediately work to address them.