In a data-driven world, it can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Beyond performance scores, client numbers, and profits, the fact is every workplace runs on people power.
But tapping into the potential of your working relationships requires one key ingredient: emotional intelligence. Otherwise known as EQ, this brand of intelligence exists in everyone, to varying degrees. You can probably name someone in your office who has a high EQ—and someone who doesn’t.
So, how do you measure up? What can you do to improve? And why should you care?
All your questions will be answered in this round-up of The Muse’s best advice on the topic.
The first step is always the toughest, but knowing your starting point will make it much easier.
Struggling to pinpoint your problem areas? If you see yourself reflected in this list, you’ll soon know where you need to improve.
If you’re still not sold on the importance of EQ, this infographic will walk you through exactly why it is.
The only way to make progress is to act. Here’s a guide to some of the best (and quickest!) ways to develop these skills.
Soft skills appear everywhere, from resumes to performance reviews, but what exactly are they? All your questions will be answered in this handy rundown.
These everyday actions are the baby steps that’ll lead you toward higher EQ, better working relationships, and, ultimately, achieving your career goals.
There are many different aspects to personality—and to self-awareness. Take the quiz featured here to see how well you fare.
Sometimes your own EQ isn’t the issue, but someone else’s is. Learn how to use your own skills to bridge the divide.
Emotional intelligence isn’t just about development in the workplace. In fact, it allows you to identify habits or environments that are holding you back in your personal as well as professional life.
Being proactive about your own happiness and mental health is key for sustainable, long-term productivity. Pick up these techniques to better yourself, and become a better worker in the process.
Photo of person thinking courtesy of Caiaimage/John Wildgoose.