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Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, assess and control your emotions. Additionally, it’s about managing other people’s emotions. Emotions are a powerful force that can either make or break us, so it’s essential to understand how they work. This blog will dive into four reasons why emotional intelligence is vital for success in life and at work.

 

1) Emotions motivate us

Emotions are the main source of motivation in our lives. When we feel happy, confident, and fulfilled, these feelings give us the energy to achieve what is important to us. On the other hand, when we feel sad or afraid, it’s natural that this will affect our ability to get things done. This is why emotional intelligence is so important. Emotions are the force behind our actions and determine what we do or don’t want to do in life. 

When someone feels unappreciated or overworked they will experience burnout. Burnout will lead to a poor job performance, which reflects on not only the individual, but also their employer. In order for a business to be as successful as possible, it is important that employees emotional well being is being accounted for.

 

2) Emotions make us persuasive

Emotions aren’t only a source of motivation; they also influence how we communicate and interact with others. To be more effective at work or in our personal lives, it’s useful to understand what emotions are behind other people’s actions, words and behavior. If you can identify their feelings, then you will have more success in getting what you want. For example, if someone is angry, it’s better to give them space and not push your agenda at that time because they will be more likely to resist than say yes.

Furthermore, when we understand where someone else is coming from, we’ll be able to establish their needs more clearly and determine the past course of action to accomplish our goals.

 

3) Emotions make us ethical

Everyone knows that it’s important to be a good person and do the right thing. However, emotional intelligence helps you stay true to your values because emotions are at the core of who we are as human beings. When people act from their ego or focus too much on the money, they get off track, but when people act from a place of love and empathy, they become more ethical.

 

4) Emotions make us persuasive

When you are in control of your emotions, it allows others to open up and connect with who you are. It’s impossible to reach someone without having this connection because people can only relate when they feel emotionally safe around you. If they don’t like your personality or sense that there is something off about how much you care, your chances of persuading them will be affected.