Emotional intelligence is the new code word for career success. If you have high emotional intelligence, you clearly know where you’re going and what you’re doing. At this point you might think of it as a buzzword given the amount of times you hear or read about it, but it’s a trend that’s on the rise because it’s true. 90 percent of “top performers” score high in emotional intelligence testing, but only 20 percent of bottom performers rank well in this area.
Emotional Intelligence: Self-Awareness
One of the best definitions of emotional intelligence is “the ability to reason about emotions.” It means you are able to analyze, identify and make decisions about emotions without being controlled by them. Your emotions are present, but they are not dictating your actions.
This is undoubtedly easier for certain personality styles over others, but there is still a level of self-awareness that must be attained before one is able to actively demonstrate emotional intelligence in their day-to-day life, whether in a mundane scenario or a stressful one.
People Intelligence: Others-Awareness
What many definitions of emotional intelligence leave out are how to apply the skill of emotional reason to others. After all, you aren’t in another person’s emotions – you’re only seeing the outward expression of the inner workings of who they are.
People intelligence is a skill that takes emotional intelligence one step further. Not only do you have a full and complete understanding of how you operate, you’re able to apply what you know about the emotions and how they dictate behavior in order to “read” people similar to how you would read a book. You can tell by their mannerisms, their facial expressions and their clothing and choice of automobile what personality type they likely are, and how they probably plays out in their daily life.
People intelligence is a valuable skill because the person who knows the most about the other always has the upper hand, from a negotiation standpoint. But from a compassionate perspective, it also allows leaders to quickly understand what their team needs in order to achieve higher levels of success and harmony.
We See People as WE Are
Here’s the thing: we naturally see people as WE are. We don’t naturally see people as they are. But without emotional or people intelligence, you’re blinded to both who you truly are, how others truly are and how you can successfully move about in the world.
Upgrade Your Lens
Cameras take better pictures with better lenses. You’re going to get a more accurate view of yourself and others when you invest in upgrading the emotional intelligence of your own person, but also studying the value systems and personality tendencies of others. Begin by taking our 15-minute free DISC assessment, then schedule a call with our team. Start your journey towards both emotional and people intelligence today.