Why Your EQ May Be More Important Than Your IQ

It’s been said that a high IQ can get you a job, but a low EQ can get you fired.

Do you know the difference?

IQ stands for “intelligence quotient”, and is used to measure intellectual levels.

EQ, or “emotional quotient”, is the ability to recognize, understand, process and manage emotions in oneself and in others.

Those possessing high EQs are uniquely self aware and capable of adjusting in positive ways. They quickly pick up on the emotions of others and react maturely to protect and improve relationships. They lead well and aren’t insecure or threatened by the successes of others.

If you have a high EQ, you’re going to excel in your work, earn more money, have less stress, find more fulfillment in your work.  

eq may be more important than iq

How to Recognize EQ.

I know of a leader who has several indicators of emotional intelligence that he looks for in his staff, or when hiring a new employee. One is if they’re able to be self-deprecating. He finds that an individual’s ability to make lighthearted, accurate jokes at their own expense is a good sign of emotional intelligence.

Forbes outlines these 5 signs of emotional intelligence:

  1. Handling criticism well
  2. Being open-minded
  3. Being a good listener
  4. Having candor
  5. Apologizing when they’re wrong

Could you see these traits in yourself? Is there someone in your life that exhibits these qualities? How can you learn from them, and which do you need to work on developing more?

EQ is Biblical.

Emotional and social intelligence is not only vital in finding success and satisfaction in your career, it’s also biblical, and Christians should all have high levels of EQ.

The Bible is full of references to man’s emotions and often contrasts wisdom and foolishness.

For example, Proverbs 29:11 reads,

“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man holds it in check.

Proverbs 16:22 says,

“Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”

When the body of Christ is well-adjusted socially and emotionally, others are more inclined to listen to what you have to say.

Emotional intelligence is also crucial to building marital and familial happiness. It helps you be the first to say I’m sorry, and parents can help their children develop it from a young age.

Having a High EQ Will Make You a Better Leader.

Leaders with high EQs recognize and empathize with their employees’ needs. They effectively encourage and manage well, are capable, and trusted to build strong teams with high employee morale. In fact, a corporate culture that delights in working together is necessary to retain talent, reach financial goals, and ultimately make an impact in the world.

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Thankfully, EQ skills can be developed at any age, and even in children. Skills of self-awareness and regulation are learned, not innate. Did you know the ability to delay gratification is a primary indicator of future success? This is evident in those who are willing to work hard today and wait on the reward – a trait contrary to our culture of instant gratification.

Understanding Yourself is the Key.

Another critical aspect of having a good EQ is understanding yourself. I like to put it this way: Fulfillment in your career is just as important as success. And when you gain self-awareness and understand what type of career is the best fit for your unique set of skills and talents, you’ll be able to create a career that offers both success AND fulfillment.

Crown’s Career Direct assessment was designed to help you understand your unique design so you can fulfill your purpose. The assessment gives you confidence in your areas of strengths and points out how to grow in your areas of struggle. Get started today!

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