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:
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.
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:-
- Interact with coworkers and build relationships with them
- Try having a positive attitude at work
- 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.
- Have an internal focus of control and try finding out your shortcomings instead of blaming the rest for mistakes.
- Going to a trip alone helps!
Last but not the least; did you know that happy workers are productive workers?
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In this fiercely competitive business environment you need proactive employees who can boost your organization’s performance and productivity. And this criterion is even more critical when you are to hire a candidate for a managerial role. Here are few essential skills to look for while hiring a managerial candidate:
Effective communication is one of the key deciding factors for many companies while hiring a manager. A team’s performance & success depends on how well a manager put across important business messages and information to concerned parties. When the line of communication is clear, concise and straightforward, it saves from creating roadblocks within a team and worst with clients. Hiring a manager who conveys his thoughts effectively across team & clients (both in oral and written form), increase chances of a team to be successful.
Managers who will be placed in a change creating position must be critical thinkers. Why? Because decision making in today’s world of conflicting ideas & opinions, uncertainties and tremendous pressures need managers who thinks clearly to face challenges efficiently. Managers who are good at critical thinking often identify risks, learn to address the right problems and make better decisions.
Management plays a critical role in the achievement of a company’s goals which requires planning, identifying obstacles, strategies to overcome the problems and utilizing the abilities of each team member to bring the best result. Another important role of a manager is to smoothly manage, bond and inspire his team members, leaving no room for misunderstanding.
It is one of the key skills that can make a much difference in terms of team/organization performance. Problem solving is a must-have skill to look for while hiring a manager. It is common scenario at work when every employee needs to solve internal or external work related issues. And a manager needs to be excellent at solving problems that he and his faces. If you fail to hire a good problem solver as a manager your business processes or development will stay stagnant instead of moving ahead.
A magnetic manager who has impeccable leadership skills has the power to influence, inspire, and take his team in the right direction strategically, to deliver best results. And it is this skill in a manager that can transform a business performance of his team by persuading his sub-ordinates willingly work, as per planned strategies.
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