How Emotional Intelligence (EI) is more important than IQ?

People with high IQ might achieve their dream of working at the best places but a higher EI will help them thrive in a competitive environment.

The five main components of EI as stated by David Goleman are as following:

  • Self-Awareness: The ability of understanding of one’s own emotions as they occur
  • Self-Regulation:  The ability to manage the emotions by controlling them
  • Internal Motivation: The inner voice and drive of an individual to do better and never give up
  • Empathy: To understand the feeling and emotions of others especially individuals and a group of individuals. Relating to others in order to understand their point of view
  • Social Skills: Good at handling other people’s emotions and communicate so that their needs are met. 

As Goleman puts it, ” What really matters for success, character, happiness and lifelong achievements is a definite set of emotional skills- your EQ – not just purely cognitive abilities that are measured by conventional IQ tests.” An individual with higher emotional intelligence can adapt to changes quickly. He will listen to fellow colleagues, give hope by showing the right path, criticize calmly, motivate and show that they are needed. 

Therefore, communicating with employees and knowing about their well-being is fundamental for the intended results and better human connection.