(This article by Natalie McVeigh appeared in its entirety at the Family Owned Business Resources Blog)

EQ seems to be a hot topic in this day and age. You can barely get online or read the paper without hearing something about EQ, and what a good thing it is for all of us to have it. We love that there is so much attention paid to such an important topic. But with all the different views on Emotional Intelligence, it can be hard to understand exactly what it is or how its relevant to us.

We won’t spend time talking about how EQ is a much better predictor of success in life than IQ but you can read about it here. It’s a fact and there is plenty of research about EQ helping people in business and at home – in relationships – because we are all in relationships all the time.

Here are some facts about EQ:

  • EQ is our ability to express and manage our own emotions and our ability to understand, interpret, and respond to the emotions of others.
  • EQ is learned, and continues to develop throughout life i.e. we learn from our experiences (neuroplasticity)
  • EQ is one of the defining factors in healthy relationships
  • It’s catchy! Like the flu, only more pleasant.

We believe, and research shows, that individuals who are more aware of their emotions are far less affected by them. We teach people that EQ is not about controlling emotions or stuffing them down. It’s not head over heart or heart over head, but the perfect intersection of both. Each emotion is essential and has something to teach us – an unexpected gift. Research on Emotional Intelligence suggests that there are 7 essential emotions:

  1. anger
  2. anxiety
  3. fear
  4. joy
  5. love
  6. sadness
  7. shame

We encourage you to take a look at what an improved EQ can do for you, your family, your company, and if we can help, we certainly want to.

Emotional intelligence (EI or EQ) refers to the ability to recognize and regulate emotions in ourselves and others through self-awareness, self-management, empathy, and relationship management. By recognizing and regulating these areas, we maximize our personal state of being, which in turn improves our interactions and relationships.

Businesses are now saying effective leaders are highly emotionally intelligent, and often weigh EQ as a success predictor higher than IQ. For both females and males, the new data suggests important opportunities for leveraging strengths to become more effective at people leadership.

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