3 Ways to Strengthen Your Emotional Intelligence

3 Ways to Strengthen Your Emotional Intelligence

It doesn’t matter if you’re the next Einstein (which you very well could be!), there’s another trait that’s just as important as IQ: it’s EQ. Emotional intelligence is the ability to handle situations and others in a smart way through your feelings and reactions. Everything from resolving an office spackle to closing a business deal is more dependent on your emotional smarts than anything else. And just like your IQ, it’s something that can be honed and sharpened to bring further success. Without further ado, here are some simple ways to boost your emotional intelligence, even during a stressful or conflict-ridden workday: Practice mindfulness Essentially, mindfulness is the ability to pay attention to your present moment with calmness and collectiveness. The Google empire highly values mindfulness as a technique to help employees become emotionally intelligent.  As the leader of their program said, “At any time, whatever is happening to you — whether you’re under stress, you’re being shouted at, or anything else — you have the skill to bring the mind to a place that’s calm and clear. If you can do that, it lays the foundation for emotional intelligence.” They’re able to achieve this by meditating and reflecting for a few minutes a day. You can too by penciling in reflection before a big meeting or busy workday. Even if you don’t have time to meditate, Harvard studies suggest the mere act of breathing calmly will bolster your EQ during times of stress. Redefine failure “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning...