Showing signs of emotional intelligence in the workplace can improve your professional career by leaps and bounds. Acquiring and developing emotional intelligence can most often be a hard task to accomplish since it takes months of practice and focus. Also, reaping the best results off can be difficult to an uncertain degree because most people are not able to think straight when they are in a situation.
An employee with low emotional intelligence can negatively impact a workplace and their team members. Examples of low emotionally intelligent behavior includes, not being able to take critical feedback, laying blame on others, passive-aggressive comments, irrelevant opinions etc. In management, those with low emotional intelligence exhibit the same traits, and do not listen to their staff that they manage and become bossy with those that they lead.
Employees who possess high levels of emotional intelligence are much more self-aware. In the workplace this translates to an employee who understands their own strengths and their own weaknesses in addition to how their actions could affect their team members. Self-aware employees are also better equipped to handle constructive criticism and learn from their mistakes.
An employee with high emotional intelligence can also reveal and control their own emotions to team members, as well as be in a position to exercise restraint when it is needed. This shows a clear ability to self-regulate.
Emotionally intelligent people are also self-motivated, but they are not motivated by money or a title alone. They are also motivated by an internal larger ambition and as a result, when they encounter disappointment, they possess the ability to be optimistic and resilient in the face of this disappointment.
Are you emotionally intelligent?