SARASOTA, Fla. (June 30, 2017) – Emotional intelligence (EQ) can be just as helpful in the workplace as intelligence (IQ), perhaps more so. It can distance top performers from the rest of the pack while helping some navigate troublesome or embarrassing hazards that others fall into.
But what is EQ? Consultant and co-author of the best seller “Emotional Intelligence 2.0,” Travis Bradbury calls EQ an intangible quality in each of us that affects and guides how we handle behavior and complex social situations as well as the decisions we make.
He notes that studies have shown that people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 percent of the time – upending decades of previous understanding that most top performers possessed higher IQs.
This trait describing how we manage emotions and relate to coworkers was labeled “EQ” in the mid-1990s and has since become a hot topic in workplaces as we try to understand ourselves and seek ways to advance our careers and relationships. It can also factor into hiring and firing decisions.