10 interesting facts about emotional intelligence (EI):
- High level of EI can ensure you to get the job more easily: 71% of top managers find EI more important for business than IQ, and 59% would immediately reject the candidate with high IQ, but low EI! (Freedman, 2014)
- And once you get the job, EI will help you to advance further: our EI is responsible for 58% of our job performance, while IQ accounts only for 4-25% of it. Additionally, more than 90% of high performers have EI above average (Schmidt, 2012).
- Did you know people with high EI earn annually 29.000$ more than their colleagues with lower EI? (Schmidt, 2012), Moreover your annual salary will grow by additional 1.399$ for every point added to your EI score(Bradberry & Greaves, 2009)!
- But emotional intelligence is not only important for your business life: 30-50% of our total marital happiness depends on it (Batool & Khalid, 2012; Eslami, Hasanzadeh, & Jamshidi, 2014; Nasiri, Marashi, & Raji, 2014). High EI of marital partners enhances the communication and increases the overall marital satisfaction (Schutte, et al., 2001).
- Our EI also affects our health: physical, psychosomatic and mental (Schutte N. , Malouff, Thorsteinsson, Bhullar, & Rooke, 2007). Emotional intelligence helps us to deal with negative emotions; people who experience uncontrollable destructive emotions on a regular basis have 19% higher chances of heart diseases(Kam, 2015), and a frightening 70% higher chances of developing cancer (Hagan, 2013)!
- Your EI can help you improve your public image. A study of malpractice lawsuits showed that surgeons who spent extra 3 minutes comforting and being supportive towards their patients, were less likely to be sued (Freedman, 2014).
- The core of emotional intelligence is understanding of one`s emotions and emotional states of others. Unfortunately, only 36% of people can recognize their emotions accurately and timely (Bradberry & Greaves, 2009).
- On the other hand, science also brings us some bright news: during five consecutive years (2003-2008) global EI average rose by 30% (Van Camp, 2012).
- Even though women and men have equal potentials for developing emotional intelligence, some slight differences can occur: in the adulthood, women tend to develop their empathy and social skills, while men have been predominantly oriented to self-regulation (Singh, 2006).
- Finally, great news for all of us: unlike IQ, EI can be trained! This phenomenon is called `brain plasticity`(Bradberry, 2015). So we can increase our EI level by practicing emotionally intelligent behavior until it becomes our habit and second nature!
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By Katarina Mijatovic, MSc.
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