Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis
While our culture tends to prioritize test scores, book smarts, and IQ, your emotional intelligence (EQ) is arguably a more accurate predictor of lifelong success. Simply defined as the "ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others" by Psychology Today, EQ is actually the strongest predictor of workplace performance and overall career success. As highly empathetic, self-aware people, those with high EQ typically embrace change, reject perfectionism, and focus on empowering themselves and those around them.
So how do you gauge your own EQ level? While emotional intelligence tests do exist, it's definitely more difficult to quantify than an IQ is. But according to Travis Bradberry, author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, your emotional intelligence may be lacking if you answer yes to the following question: Do you tend to make snap assumptions and defend them to the ground, despite a lack of evidence or information?
"People who lack EQ form an opinion quickly and then succumb to confirmation bias, meaning they gather evidence that supports their opinion and ignore any evidence to the contrary," he writes for Entrepreneur. "More often than not, they argue, ad nauseam, to support it. This is especially dangerous for leaders, as their under-thought-out ideas become the entire team's strategy."
On the contrary, those with high EQ realize snap judgments are often emotion-driven and that their own experience may be different than those around them. "They give their thoughts time to develop and consider the possible consequences and counter-arguments," concludes Bradberry. "Then, they communicate their developed idea in the most effective way possible, taking into account the needs and opinions of their audience."
For more on emotional intelligence, pick up a copy of Bradberry's book, and share your review with us below!