Fine tuning your EQ
In the mid-to-late Ã¢ÂÂ80s, I was in college and entering the post-graduate workforce. During that time, everything was Ã¢ÂÂgo-go-go,Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂwin-win-win,Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂcrush your opponentsÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂbe the first to reach the top.Ã¢ÂÂ
Remember T-shirt company No Fear? Well, it was during the late Ã¢ÂÂ80s and early Ã¢ÂÂ90s that the brand was making a killing with shirts emblazoned with slogans like Ã¢ÂÂSecond place is the first loser,Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂLead, follow or get out of the way,Ã¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂLosing is not an option.Ã¢ÂÂ
While these sayings make for great pep-talk in the sporting arena, great leaders have learned that they donÃ¢ÂÂt go over so well in todayÃ¢ÂÂs work environment. Instead, leaders that empathize with those around them Ã¢ÂÂ those with high emotional intelligence Ã¢ÂÂ fare the best in the business world.
Founder and CEO of WordStream Larry Kim recently listed five simple ways to Ã¢ÂÂsharpenÃ¢ÂÂ your emotional intelligence, or EQ, in Inc.com. His list includes:
- Stay cool.
- Walk a mile in their shoes.
- Have a plan B. And a plan C.
- Be definitive.
- Practice your EQ on others.
It is important to remember that leadership is all about the people you lead. While your IQ, or head knowledge of the technical parts of your job, are important, your level of EQ matters more.
Gordon Tredgold, author and professional speaker, states the importance of EQ a little more bluntly in his recent Huffington Post article: Ã¢ÂÂWe get promoted because of our IQ and we get fired because of our lack of EQ.Ã¢ÂÂ
What ranks higher for you? Your IQ or your EQ?
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