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Gaining the Advantage of Emotional Intelligence

There are a lot of ways to gain an advantage in the employment marketplace. Some of those ways are more obvious than others:

  • A better education
  • More experience
  • Continuous training and education

All of those ways are tied directly to what are called “hard skills.” As we discussed previously in this blog post, hard skills are teachable skills that are quantifiable.

Other ways to gain an advantage in the employment marketplace are tied to what are called “soft skills.” As we discussed in this blog post, soft skills refer to skills that involve the way you interact with other people, specifically your boss and co-workers.

One of the most important soft skills you can possess in the employment marketplace is “emotional intelligence.” What exactly is that?

According to, emotional intelligence is “the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others.”

Emotional intelligence can be broken down into five basic components. Those components are as follows:

#1—Emotional awareness

This includes the ability to be aware of not only your own emotions, but also the emotions of other people. That means being able to first identify those emotions and then to understand them.

#2—Emotional regulation

This is the ability to control your own emotions, specifically your emotional response to various circumstances and situations. It also refers to the ability to influence the emotions of others.

#3—Emotional empathy

Identifying other people’s emotions is one thing. Empathizing with those emotions is another. This is putting yourself in their “emotional shoes” and seeing things from their unique perspective.

#4—Emotional motivation

When you’re emotionally motivated, you’re able to apply your emotions in a positive and productive way to problem-solving activities. This is the goal of emotional intelligence: to apply the skill to real-world situations with tangible benefits.

#5—Social skills

Managing and influencing the emotions of other requires a certain skill set that involves excelling in social situations. An introverted person is typically not that successful in regards to emotional intelligence, although there are exceptions.

How would you grade yourself in these five areas? Are you able to gain an advantage in the employment marketplace with your emotional intelligence skills?

If not, work toward enhancing those skills. They could ultimately make a difference in terms of your career satisfaction.

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