In today’s uncertain world, it’s important to strive to advance in one’s career and learn how to be super valuable and remarkable to stay ahead of the curve in the workplace. But what’s the best path forward? Micro credentialing? Going back to school for an MBA? Ongoing industry conferences and educational credits? All of these are important things, but let’s look at a different way of thinking about intelligence. Rather than only thinking about critical thinking and problem solving IQ types of knowledge, let’s dive in to the world of emotional intelligence or EQ as it is often referred to as.

What is emotional intelligence? It was originally coined in a 1990 research paper by psychology professors John D. Mayer and Peter Salovey. According to Mayer, emotional intelligence is “the ability to accurately perceive your own and others’ emotions; to understand the signals that emotions send about relationships; and to manage your own and others’ emotions.” EQ continued to be popularized in 1995 by Daniel Goleman’s book: Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ.

Yes, emotional intelligence can be worked on for you to be more aware of the world and workplace around you.

Learn more about how to get ahead in the workplace by doubling down on emotional intelligence in the visual deep dive below:

Is Emotional Intelligence The Key To Career Success?