Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and manage your emotions and the emotions of others. It’s made up of five key elements.





Social skill


Team Player Attitude

Whether you’re an individual contributor or a people manager, you must work with other people, in meetings, in brainstorming sessions, and on cross-functional projects.


Be a problem-solver

Know your role (and limits)

Take initiative

Stick to your deadlines

Know your strengths

Support your teammates


Growth Mindset

This mindset means that you believe in your ability to become better through hard work and help from others. Brains and talent are just the starting point. A focus on learning and being resilient are essential for great accomplishment.


Openness to Feedback

This is part of emotional intelligence, but especially when it comes to the workplace. You have to be open and able to receive developmental feedback to be successful in a job. Asking for feedback to hone your skills is necessary.



Whether it’s a seat shuffle or a huge company pivot, no one likes a complainer. It’s important to not only accept change, but also to see opportunities for new growth and strategies.


Active Listening

If you think you can improve on your active listening skills, challenge yourself in meetings to focus completely to speakers and to take notes by hand (which is proven to help with memory retention).


Work Ethic

You can’t succeed in a role without being willing to put in the time and effort to hit your goals. Company leaders are always looking for those that make that extra effort without being asked.

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