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Refresh your Career 4: Why EQ is the secret to career success


Emotional Intelligence (EQ), is one of 9 intelligences.  In business, it is considered one of the most important intelligences and is highly valued in business today.  In fact, it pretty much determines your career success.

Essentially it is two things.  First bit is, ‘know yourself’ and the other part of is ‘know your impact on others’.  There is no way you can do the second one without the first bit.  That’s EQ in a nutshell. 

Underneath that is 5 key essential parts to EQ.  First one is self-awareness. How self-aware are you?  You’ll know because you will have worked on yourself. You’re either into it or you’re not.  If you’re sitting there asking what self-awareness is, then you are probably not very self-aware.

Next is Self-regulation.  How well do you self-regulate’? Anyone who’s a bit overweight or drinks too much or doesn’t do the right things that they know are important, like eat well, sleep well, drink water, exercise and keep things in moderation has a self-regulation issue.

So that brings us to the next one – motivation.  How motivated you are? How much get up and go have you got?   Do you have lots of natural motivation to get things done?  Successful people have got quite a lot of drive inside of themselves.

Next is empathy.  Empathy is being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes.  Some people are highly empathic.  Now that’s not great if you don’t know how to manage that.   If you are empathic you can feel what other people are feeling and can imagine how that person feels and relate to them on that level.  Some people have no idea; they are not interested in people and can’t feel or imagine how other people are feeling.  But most people have some level of empathy otherwise they would be considered sociopaths or worst, psychopaths at the most extreme end of this spectrum.

Anyway last one is social skills.   Give yourself a rating for how good you are socially.  Being able to talk to strangers and make friends and relate to people.  It’s a very important skill.  Notice how successful people are very good socially.  If you don’t have good social skills you can’t bond with others, or network easily.  You can’t interview well, or pitch your ideas properly and people find it awkward to be around you.

EQ is what will make you more successful in business and in your personal life.  EQ is the golden child in business today.  So if this is the first time you’ve heard about it, I strongly suggest you work on some of these things, read into it because it really is highly regarded in leadership and management around the world.  

I’m happy to send you a FREE EQ quiz, so you can explore emotional intelligence and its elements further.  Just get in touch via email and I’ll send you the quiz.

About Katrena Friel

Katrena Friel is ‘Australia's Leading Success Coach for Intrapreneurs’ and the author of the Refresh Your Career series. She is an international keynote speaker, fully qualified corporate trainer, therapist, facilitator, executive coach and award winning author, delivering sessions around the world. Katrena's energy and expressive approach will energise and challenge behaviors, beliefs and thinking. Known for her practical, pragmatic approach, she has been described as highly dynamic, spirited and empathic. Katrena is an expert in personal and professional development, helping people escape their current thinking in an express format. With people reporting that in 2 days they learnt more about themselves and others, than they have in the last 20 years. Katrena will enable you to have a giant leap forward in your evolution and ensure you become an expert in your field of excellence. The aim is to INSPIRE – ALIGN – ACTIVATE. You will walk away feeling refreshed, empowered, confident that you have a new deep understanding of your capability, more assured around how to add more value and guarantee your future, with an increased sense of self belief and self value. For those that value honesty, growth, creditability, expertise, experience and authenticity, then Katrena will Refresh your Thinking.

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