Intelligence vs. Emotional Intelligence


Before we begin, let us first understand the difference between the two terms.

     Intelligence: capable of acquiring and applying knowledge and skills at a high level.

     Emotional Intelligence: the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.

Emotional Intelligence is the “something” in each of us that determines how we manage behaviors, make decisions and achieve growth. This intangible characteristic has quickly become the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. The correlation between emotional intelligence and performance is so strong that 90% of top performers also test high for their level of emotional intelligence.

With such high percentages, why would you not want in on this secret? Let’s break this down and understand how to obtain this prestigious quality. From the definition given, emotional intelligence does not require us to live a perfect life where everything is in our favor. In fact, emotional intelligence is determined by how well one handles the negativity and troubles that life has to offer. We are not guaranteed perfection but can strengthen our emotional intelligence by simply;

Embracing Change: Obtaining emotional intelligence requires flexibility and adapting. Fear of change will threaten success and happiness therefor, individuals who are emotional intelligent will form a plan of action in case of change.

Letting Go of Mistakes: Emotionally Intelligent people maintain space from their mistakes without ignoring them. There is a fine line between dwelling and remembering. By achieving emotional intelligence, self-awareness allows individuals to keep mistakes at a distance to use as encouragement for future success

Refraining from Negative Self-talk: Many times, we find ourselves caught up in negative thoughts that are not facts. We allow these thoughts to consume us giving them more and more power to take over. To be emotionally intelligent, separate the thoughts from the facts to move towards positivity.

Neutralizing Toxic People: Keeping emotions to a minimum is crucial when associating with toxic individuals. Approach each satiation rationally and while considering the opposing side, refrain from allowing anger to take control.

Seek Precession, Not Perfection: Emotionally Intelligent individuals are aware that perfection does not exist therefore, aiming for precession will increase emotional intelligence and build a foundation of positivity moving forward.

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