THE ROLE OF EQ FOR A SUCESSFUL CAREER
Emotional Intelligence Quotient was first coined by ‘Salovey and Mayer’which stands for the way to deal intelligently with your emotions in different situations .It is a new buzz word in the corporate circles .It has been realized lately that today’s competitive workforce cannot be best utilized by just harnessing their intelligence quotient but by drawing out the best as a person in them. Man is not to be considered as a mechanical instrument with cognition to work but he has to be seen in the light of his diverse emotions which affect both his mental abilities as well as physical well being on a day to day basis. It’s thus imperative to play with your emotions soundly before becoming a puppet in their hands.
As for successful career it’s important to make long term relation with your chosen field and enjoy doing it throughout. This goal can be achieved by sharing cordial relations with your colleagues and by over coming your inhibitions to become a lifelong learner. Let’s see how Emotional Intelligence bails you through application of its various dimensions in this endeavor.
Various dimensions of E.Q are:
1) Ability to be persistent in wake of difficulties.
2) Ability to keep a reality check on your emotions.
3) Ability to peep into others emotions and be empathetic.
4) Ability to sail in the same boat with your people around.
5) Ability to take decisions as per the situations.
Success today is synonymous with good team work and cooperation among intellects .Thus it is imperative to understand personnel’s emotional makeup which can be both unique and complex. First we need to evoke our own emotional intelligence to understand other’s emotions and then work amicably towards a tacit code of conduct which everybody should follow while dealing with the fury of emotions.
E.Q has following effects on various factors of career and life and turns them in you favor:
1) Career choice:
Though emotional intelligence can be developed at any time in a person’s life, it plays a decisive role in adolescence when a person needs to make career choice. Each career demands a certain personality traits and aptitude .If a person understands his strengths and weaknesses as per the job requirement he will be in a better position to justify his choice and also be satisfied in it for a longer time.
2) Retention Rate:
While many companies suffer losses due to high rate of attrition of their staff, a right carrier choice and emotional satisfaction from the job may help you to stick to your job for longer time thus adding a feather to your credibility and value.
3) Interpersonal and Intrapersonal communication:
E.Q helps a person to understand the other person’s emotions, aspirations and expectations at the workplace thus providing opportunity to mould oneself accordingly. One can also sought help from others to solve his problems by judging their capacity and desire to help. A good E.Q prompts a person to communicate his feelings to his mates in proper manner through proper channel and at appropriate time. In nutshell it improves the efficiency of communication at workplace.
Intrapersonal communication is related to self awareness. Our Indian philosophy has given supreme importance to self awareness. They say ‘knowing thyself’ will open doors to divinity which helps to acknowledge one’s innate potentialities which are hidden like a treasure to be unveiled. Introspection and exploration of your unused talent can make your career go places.
4) Conflict Management:
It’s not uncommon that at times the conflicts in our minds empower the better of us and take toll on our performances. These internal conflicts at the worst are manifested on colleagues in forms of tiffs and confrontations. Petty issues become an avalanche and spoil the whole work culture. All this can be nibbled in the bud if only we know to recognize and counter our negative emotions in relation to others; how to channel
these at more appropriate places than workplace. Even if the conflicting situation becomes unavoidable, a better EQ person will not strain his relations with the opposing party forever. He will try and resolve his internal conflicts first and then reprimand the consequences thus ensuring revival of strained relations for a steady relationship in future.
5) Leadership and Cooperation
Identifying the emotions helps one to categorize them into the one’s that give you strength and other’s that make you weak in face of difficulties. The strengths can be utilized to negotiate in group activities and emerge as a skilled leader. Learning to label the various emotions gradually helps to generalize some of the emotions in people in generalized situations thus making the leader more understanding to others point of view and open to suggestions. For e.g. it is a general tendency by a junior to show his worth to his superior .In such a situation being aware about such emotions beforehand would save any prejudices for the junior and as a true leader would, you learn to adjust well with the colleagues without throwing around your weight.
Cooperation is well sought where it is well given so a leader should always welcome opportunities to listen to his team mates patiently on various aspects of their life besides work. This will help them to give vent to their emotional blocks at one hand and add another dimension to your personality of being an empathetic leader.