Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and manage your emotions and the emotions of others. It’s made up of five key elements.
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)
Stick to your deadlines
Know your strengths
Support your teammates
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.
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).
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.