I had a great chat with a founder friend recently. We talked about what helps people be successful. Many things on the list were what you’d expect. But my buddy elaborated on emotional intelligence, also known as emotional quotient, or EQ. I don’t hear that attribute mentioned too often, so I was curious.
He believes success is usually the by-product of working with others. To maximize your working relationships, you must be self-aware—aware of your emotions and how your reactions to them will affect others. And you must be aware of others’ emotions and how they could affect the task at hand. He went much deeper, but that’s the gist of his position.
I partly agree with my buddy. EQ is important, but you can have success without it. But if you have it, it will help you get the best out of yourself and others.