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Is a high IQ enough to mean that you will have a great career?

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by Katy Powell

IQ (intelligence quotient) is an assessment of your ability to think and reason. An IQ score is a standardized way of comparing this ability with the majority of people the same age as you are.

A score of 100 means that compared to these people in your general age group that you have average intelligence. Your score on an IQ test will give you a pretty accurate indication of the ability you possess to think, reason and solve problems. This can often be critical in many phases of your life.

However, most jobs and situations will require you to work with and understand different people. A high IQ alone doesn’t mean that you have the ability to get the most out of people or even yourself.

IQ or EQ?

There is a second indicator called EQ (emotional quotient). This is the capability of individuals to recognize both their own and other people’s emotions as well as being able to discriminate between different feelings.

Emotional information guides thinking as well as behavior and is generally said to include 3 skills:

  1. Emotional awareness to identify your own emotions and those of others
  2. Harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problems solving
  3. Manage emotions, including the ability to regulate your own emotions, and the ability to cheer up or calm down another person

Life is a series of decisions

Emotions play an important role in the decision making process. Anxiety can keep you from making a poor choice and boredom can ignite a spark that leads you to follow your passion.

You need to ensure that you’re aware of your emotions. By doing this you’re better equipped to make balanced choices.

Pay attention to how you’re feeling and recognize how this may distort your thinking and influence your behavior. Raise your logic and decrease your emotional reactivity by listing the pros and cons of a tough decision.

Seeing facts on paper can help you think rationally about your options. It can prevent emotions from getting the better of you.

Remember, your emotions are yours. Nobody else controls them. If you chose to get angry about something, you alone are in control of that. There is no angry switch on display that somebody else can press.

When something happens, you have a choice. Get angry or move on. Only you can decide how you will react.

Across all business it is now the normal to have rapid and disruptive change. There is a huge need to have resilient, emotionally intelligent people. These people are able to absorb complex change and help others move forward to achieve success.

There are many studies that show the difference between good leaders and great leaders is not their IQ, but their EQ score. If you want to get the most out of yourself and others why not spend a little time reading up more on EQ.