Berger Leadership Blog

Sep 23, 2016

9 ‘brutal truths’ about EQ

Dan and Brad
Greeting NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler before he spoke during NAFCU's Credit Union Defense Summit earlier this year. (Harrison McClary photo)

I’m sure you know by now that I am a firm believer in emotional intelligence (EQ) and how it can lead you toward improved performance and overall success in the workplace. I’ve written on the topic many times in this blog. It makes perfect sense that developing competencies such as self-awareness, empathy and relationship building will help your professional career.

Justin Bariso, founder of Insight, gives nine “brutal truths” about EQ, which confirm its importance. Some of the truths are:

- There is no quick way to develop it. Developing EQ takes time and effort.

- It’s easy to regress. Your emotions can change from day to day, situation to situation, and so can your EQ.

- It’s more about actions than feelings. While you can’t really control your feelings, you can control how you react to them – and that’s what EQ is all about.

- It has a direct effect on your physical health. Stress can cause serious medical problems. The faster you learn to cope and manage your feelings, the better.

- It affects every decision you make. Your EQ guides every decision you make.

EQ is really about learning to take control of your emotions and not letting them control you. While developing such competencies will help you in your career and in your relationships with others, it will also make you a better, healthier person.

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