In today’s Western society, emotions are often central to how we make decisions and how we respond to various situations. Where once our culture was more accustomed to hiding emotions and avoiding confrontation, we are not encouraged to “feel what we feel” and let those feelings guide us.
While there are pros and cons to each of these approaches, there is actually a healthy medium where we can fully embrace our emotional experiences without letting those emotions lead us astray in the heat of the moment. This happy medium is found in emotional intelligence.
Emotional intelligence as defined by psychology professor, John. D. Mayer, 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.”
Many studies have shown that those who have high emotional intelligence are more successful and are 7x more likely to be effective leaders than those with low emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence, beyond gender and age, is a much bigger indicator of the potential for success.