Emotional Intelligence Can Make Your Career
Emotional intelligence (EI) can be described as your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behaviour and relationships.
Decades of research now point to EI as the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. It’s a powerful way to focus your energy in one direction with a tremendous result. TalentSmart tested EI alongside 33 other important workplace skills, and found that it is the strongest predictor of performance, explaining a full 58% of success in all types of jobs.
Of all the people they have studied at work, they have found that 90% of top performers are also high in emotional intelligence. On the flip side, just 20% of bottom performers are high in emotional intelligence. You can be a top performer without EI, but the chances are slim.
One key book that demonstrates the link between EI and mindfulness meditation is “Search Inside Yourself” by Chade-Meng Tan, who wrote the book while working at the Google HQ, with the job title ‘Jolly Good Fellow’!