Emotional intelligence

Leadership fuel. The power of emotional intelligence

June 12, 2015 | By Christine Howitz, Vitil

To get to the next level of leadership effectiveness and competence in business we must blend the progress that we've made through harnessing our intellect with the competencies of emotional intelligence.

Emotional Intelligence is the cornerstone for personal and professional success. It is the competency that leverages talent. When emotional intelligence first appeared to the masses in 1995, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time.

This anomaly threw a massive wrench into what many people had always assumed was the sole source of success IQ. Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. Emotional intelligence is the "something" in each of us that is a bit intangible.

It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results. Emotional intelligence is made up of four core skills that pair up under two primary competencies: personal competence and social competence.

Emotional intelligence and performance

In today's world being successful is much more than just intelligence.

Researchers generally agree that IQ accounts for only about 4% to 20% of results. The critical factor for sustained achievement is not only a function of ability or talent but 80% of achievement is dependent upon emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence is the dimension of intelligence responsible for our ability to manage ourselves and our relationships with others. The tougher and more challenging the role the more emotional intelligence becomes the important factor in success. 90% of exceptional leaders' results are attributed to their EQ.

It is Emotional Intelligence that solves our retention and morale problems, improves our creativity, creates synergies in teams, drives out purpose, assists us to communicate and to become capable of leading others through tough and competitive market conditions.

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