What is the secret that 90% of top performers know?
The secret is…
They are emotionally intelligent.
Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. The connection is so strong that 90% of top performers have high emotional intelligence.
You may be intellectually smart- have a high IQ; but are you emotionally intelligent? There’s a difference.
According to author Dr. Travis Bradberry, emotional intelligence has to do with how well you “manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions to achieve positive results.”
Are You Emotionally Intelligent?
These are the 18 things emotionally intelligent people do well (or have mastered) according to Bradberry:
- Can accurately identify emotions in the moment
- Are curious about other people
- Constantly adapting and navigate change with a plan
- Know how to use strengths and don’t let weaknesses get in the way
- Great at reading people
- Develop thick-skin through self-confidence and being open-minded
- Can say “No” to others and themselves
- Don’t dwell on mistakes
- Constantly think of others- give and expect nothing in return
- Let go of stress and don’t hold grudges
- Deal objectively, unemotionally, with toxic people
- Are not perfectionists
- Embrace an attitude of gratitude
- Make time to unplug
- Are not caffeine addicts
- Make sleep a top priority
- Don’t listen to negative self-talk
- Take others’ opinions with a grain-of-salt
To better understand what these 18 points are, you can go read Travis Bradberry’s full post featured on Entrepreneur Magazine “Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here’s How To Know For Sure“.
Better yet, go buy a copy of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and you’ll get the code to take the test. (Affiliate link. I’ll get a few pennies if you order this)
By becoming more emotionally intelligent, you’ll also hold on to your job longer. You can see why this is true by reading Emotional Intelligence
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.