Back in 1995, psychologist and science journalist Daniel Goleman published a groundbreaking book call Emotional Intelligence.
The book was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half, with more than 5,000,000 copies in print worldwide. The Harvard Business Review called Goleman's work on emotional intelligence “a revolutionary, paradigm-shattering idea.”
So what is emotional intelligence, and why is it so important? In short, emotional intelligence, or EQ, refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. It is a measurable component of who we are, just as IQ is.
The concept and criteria for EQ has been studied for decades, but what made Goleman's work so powerful was it's application to the workplace and leadership based on his research at nearly 200 large, global organizations.
Goleman discovered that although the qualities commonly associated with leadership, like intelligence, decisiveness, determination, and vision, are necessary for success, they aren't enough. Highly effective leaders also have a solid degree of emotional intelligence. In fact, Goleman revealed direct links between a leader's emotional intelligence and measurable business results.
Emotional intelligence isn't necessary just for senior executives. It's necessary for success at any level in your career. Organizations that value emotional intelligence look for employees with high EQ's in order to promote from within and groom for leadership roles. If you want to rise to higher levels of responsibility in your job, having a strong EQ is essential.
So that begs the question: can everyone have a high level of emotional intelligence? If you don't have it now, can you improve your EQ? Studies show that although your level of EQ is relatively firm (based on personality and upbringing), it isn't unchangeable. If you are willing and desirous of improvement, you can change. (more…)