EI is emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence has been defined as ‘’the ability to control and express our emotions’’ as well as ‘’the ability to understand, interpret, and respond to the emotions of others.’’
Dr. Daniel Goleman, a famed psychologist who has written extensively about emotional intelligence, has indicated that for the most part, women have higher emotional intelligence than men. However, he insists that it’s not as black and white as we may imagine. He outlines the fact that several studies suggest that women are on average better than men at being empathetic and that when it comes to managing distressing emotions, men have proven to be better.
Because women tend to be better at emotional empathy than men, they are able to build rapport and chemistry with people easier – particularly in a work setting. As a result, it’s of the utmost importance that men are aware of the importance of emotional intelligence. Dr. Goleman and other psychologists stress the importance of not pigeon holing a person simply based on their gender – everyone is different.
Being emotionally aware is essential in all areas of your life. The more empathetic and understanding you are, the stronger your relationships will be. According to a recent study, emotional intelligence is responsible for 58% of your job performance. It’s also financially rewarding to be emotionally intelligent – the same study revealed that those with high levels of emotional intelligence make $29,000 more every year than those with a low EI. Davitt Corporate Partners created the infographic below that details all the areas in which a high EI affects your life. It also gives us some tips on how we can develop our emotional intelligence. Let’s take a look!
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