Given a choice, which one would you select? EQ or IQ?

For several years (and probably more to come), Intelligence quotient or IQ, which is a measure of one’s mental abilities, has been almost the sole determiner of one’s output at school, college and especially workplace.

Having said that, this is what most of the job posts on any job portals nowadays demand:

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That’s right. All of the aforementioned skills that have been highlighted are some emotional skills that recruiters would typically want from any candidate.

Does that mean IQ is not important?

Research suggests that once a person reaches his/her normal IQ threshold, it only remains 4 to 25% important in determining success in one’s career, while EQ takes over as the main factor.

Emotional intelligence quotient, better known as EQ, can be defined as the ability of a person to understand others’ and one’s own emotions and respond to it with validity and reliability. For example, we can imagine those people at workplace, who are simply used to working under a lot of stress and a different segment of people out there who succumb to even under low stress levels  altogether.

The difference lies in the emotional intelligence of people. All individuals have separate levels of threshold, and their behavior depends a lot on their emotional intelligence. Probably it will be safe to comment that in any companies, people who possess the talked about attribute are preferred compared to others who do not.

Doubtful? We have results to back ourselves up.

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Evidently, a combination of average intelligence is still preferred over Superior intelligence with low people skills.

Therefore, being a candidate, how can you enhance your people skills?

Let’s make it brief and simple:-

  1. Interact with coworkers and build relationships with them
  2. Try having a positive attitude at work
  3. Think over any problem that seems to bother you. It’s perhaps amazing how you can easily detach yourself from an issue that has been bothering your work life, just by taking some time off and pondering over it.
  4. Have an internal focus of control and try finding out your shortcomings instead of blaming the rest for mistakes.
  5. Going to a trip alone helps!

Last but not the least; did you know that happy workers are productive workers?

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Reaching your work goals may look like a daunting task at first. With careful planning and implementation of right strategies, you can step up the career ladder quicker than you thought of. Here are few tips on how to get promoted at work quickly:

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Continue learning

Learning is a lifelong process. To grow in your career, it is imperative that you keep accumulating knowledge across industries’ trends, challenges and insights. Staying updated about your domain knowledge enables you to tackle challenges at work more efficiently and higher your chances of getting noticed by employers.

Lead when required

To take charge in a work environment doesn’t always require you to be in a top position. You can assume a leadership role when circumstances demands at workplace. Exhibit your leadership skills while solving a critical problem at work by effectively communicating, motivating and working in coordination with other team members. Also start taking responsibilities a level in advance to show that you are ready for the next role.

Give your best

When you give your best in your work, you stay visible for your passion and performance. If you want to add more value to your work, then go the extra miles by introducing innovative ideas and smarter ways, to deliver greater results. By contributing more towards the improvement of your organization, you stand better chance of being recognized and promoted to the next level.

Ask Questions

Asking right question is an attractive trait which organizations love to see in their employees. When you ask appropriate questions at the right time, you show your willingness to learn new things and confidence to express your ignorance about something.

Work towards company goals

Employees, who are more aligned with the organization’s long-term goals & dreams and works towards fulfilling them, grow quicker than others. Build your plans and innovative strategies at work in alignment with your company’s visions and future goals, to become an indispensable resource for the organization.

If you are serious about taking your career in the upward curve faster, the tips could be very helpful in achieving your career goals.

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