Emotional Intelligence – The Key to Success

Why do some smart people fail to perform as managers, while some more average IQ people are spectacularly successful?

Why do the top 20% of an organization often contribute 80% of the results?

Emotional Intelligence stands for good leadership. It consists precisely of those social and emotional skills necessary to motivate and inspire subordinates, to manage with respect and understanding – and to resolve conflicts and ease tensions as they arise. Emotionally intelligent people communicate effectively, form strong relationships and create powerful coping strategies; emotionally unintelligent people don’t –no matter how high their IQs.

A growing body of research shows that Emotional Intelligence is vital to top performance. As confirmed by independent academic research, one-quarter to nearly one-half of all job success can be attributed to Emotional Intelligence. This is especially important when working and managing in a cross-cultural setting.

Great companies need to balance performance and health – Emotional Intelligence is at the intersection of these.

What was once considered that intangible determinant of success beyond IQ, education, experience and personality can today be accurately measured and developed. While emotional intelligence isn’t the sole predictor of human performance and development potential, it is proven to be a key indicator.

And the good news is that EQ is not fixed, and can be developed over time.

Kandidata Asia specializes in the selection, assessment and development of people and we help companies use Emotional Intelligence as a business solution and strategy for increased success.

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So, what is Emotional Intelligence?

Distinct from cognitive intelligence or IQ, Emotional Intelligence refers to our capacity to perceive, generate, and manage emotions in both others and ourselves. A large and growing body of independent scientific research has identified it as having a significant impact on people and the workplace and as the single most important determinant of superior functioning. As confirmed by independent academic research, one-quarter to nearly one-half of all job success can be attributed to Emotional Intelligence.

Emotional intelligence is defined as

 a set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges, and use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way.

Emotional intelligence is not a static factor — to the contrary, one’s emotional intelligence can change over time and can be developed in general as well as in specific areas.

Emotional Intelligence can be measured and developed. The EQ-i is the first scientifiaclly validated Emotional Inteligence tool in the world and has been used by millions of people since the publication in 1997. The newest version EQ-i 2.0 was launched in 20111.

Our work rests on a scientifically robust platform anchored in scientific and published studies and best practice. We have worked with the EQ-i in over 30 countries since it was published in 1997.

When someone has high EQ . . .

  • They recognize and understand their emotions, are able to control them and express feelings adequately.
  • Therefore, they can relate better to other people’s feelings and behaviors, develop empathy and meet them where they are, which is essential to managerial success.
  • They are able to see things for what they are and take a step back when necessary, they are less likely to get caught up in their emotions.
  • Decisions are being made from a place of calm and clarity, and they respond intentionally to situations as opposed to reacting out of default or habit.

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,

But people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

— Maya Angelou

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