Productivity's necessary to develop and sustain Emotional Intelligence

“IQ gets you hired, EQ gets you promoted” – Source Unknown

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) matters. Ninety percent of top performers have a high EQ (Source: Doctor Travis Bradberry). In the Future of Work there will be increased levels of artificial intelligence, robots and automation. However, machines have no empathy. It’s those with a high EQ who’ll stand out as the leaders and potential leaders.

Highly emotionally intelligent people rank high on responsiveness, empathy, listening, and self-awareness. And they excel at interpersonal interaction. Psychologist and author Daniel Coleman defines EQ as our ability of:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Motivation
  • Empathy
  • Social

However, it’s hard to have a high EQ if your productivity isn’t high. Consider how you work. Do you think you’ll really have time, focus or energy to devote to developing and sustaining your EQ if you are:

  • Not achieving targeted outcomes
  • Working long hours
  • Feeling overwhelmed

The reality is there’s no time for EQ when you’re fighting to survive – it’s just human instinct.

To leverage your EQ and stand out from the crowd as a high performer you need to be super productive. In fact, you need to have developed a rhythm of work that enables you to relieve pressure and achieve better outcomes in less time. Essentially, you’ll:

  • Have the cadence of an effective workflow
  • Focus efforts on the work that matters
  • Collaborate effectively when working with others

Maximise your productivity to create the space and environment for EQ.