Q. How High Should A Leader’s EQ Be?
There is no question the development of emotionally intelligent leadership is growing in awareness and importance. The development of individuals and organizations with emotional intelligence represents a potentially huge competitive advantage. Most organizations do not realize that EQ can be developed through emotional labor. The following comments have been collected from several sources.
World Economic Forum declared EQ will be a Top-10 required skill by 2020
90% of top performers have above average EQ
EQ is responsible for 58% of job performance
75% of the Fortune 500 companies use some kind of EQ training
In 33 workplace skills, EQ ranks at number 1 in terms of importance
Emotionally intelligent people earn on average $29,000 more
Every point increase in EQ adds $1,300 to an annual salary
Up until recently there has been little focus on emotional intelligence. So there is a much wider range of variation in emotional intelligence among individuals within all levels of an organization. It has become a key factor in hiring and promotional decisions.
Today our ability to thrive and survive depends upon our willingness and ability to reconnect with ourselves and each other. The mindful journey to authentic emotionally intelligent leadership involves the elimination of ego. Ego wants us to live our lives focused on the fear of past or future events. It cannot exist in the reality of the present moment.
Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose. When we can gratefully exist in the present moment without needing anything from that moment we will have achieved enlightenment. The dawn of enlightenment requires us to become less-resistant, judgmental and attached to outcome. There is no limit to the development of our emotional intelligence.
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