Understanding Emotional Intelligence and How it Can Improve Management

Jennifer Schmidt
3 min readApr 4, 2023
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What’s your Emotional Intelligence (EQ)? Not sure it’s important to know? Knowing your EQ is like shining a light into your personality and understanding how you’re able to identify and regulate your own emotions and understand those of others. If you’re a manager, or you want to be, this is incredibly valuable information to equip yourself with.

Particularly in the current job market, employers value employees with soft skills to support their knowledge and experience. Especially for management where the greatest amount of employee turnover can be mitigated with great managers. After all, people don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses.

In this article, I am going to dive into EQ and how it can help you improve your professional life — even nail that promotion you’ve been eyeing. If you can prove your EQ, you can prove you have value beyond the KPIs and financial goals you meet.

Where does EQ come from?

Travis Bradbury, the most notable EQ expert, quoted Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues, in a TEDx talk, “Emotions have taught mankind to reason.” Interesting quote and one that is certainly true.

Our ability to reason stems from our experiences and the knowledge and understanding we gain through them.

While some believe emotions are a waste, those of us with high EQ who can identify and regulate our emotions benefit from the emotions. Life will always have its difficulties, the ability to manage and navigate those difficulties is what sets you apart. Likewise, as a manager. If you can manage the stress or pressure from your boss, insulate your team from it, and simply do your best to support the growth and success of your team — your team is going to love you for it!

Results will come as a result.

High EQ drives professional success

So how can EQ help you professionally?

A high EQ can improve your ability to build relationships with your team members and direct reports.

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Jennifer Schmidt

Lifestyle turned content marketing and thought leadership writer. I specialize in tech writing and content writing. Find me at: schmidtwrites.com