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Benefits of Emotional Intelligence

Prerna is a thinker, observer, reader & writer. She is always curious to learn. She is a strong believer in human potential.

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“It is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence, it is not the triumph of heart over head – it is the unique intersection of both.”

— David Caruso

In my earlier article, I have discussed emotional maturity and how to test it. Also, what is emotional intelligence, the difference between emotional maturity and intelligence, and few tips to develop it. Now, I am going to discuss the benefits of Emotional Intelligence.

When it comes to the demand of a stressful and fast-paced life Emotional Intelligence (EQ) matters just as much as IQ. Also, it is believed to be one of the fastest-growing job skills.

Highly emotionally intelligent people cope better under pressure, are good listeners, work easily in a multicultural environment, are potentially great leaders, and make empathetic humans. Thus, Emotional Intelligence can have an advantage over others in both professional and personal life.

“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.”

— Daniel Goleman

Learn how emotional intelligence can help you build stronger relationships, effectively manage your emotions, achieve your goals, easily understand and cooperate with others.

10 main benefits of having high emotional intelligence:

1. People easily open up to you

Emotionally intelligent people are empathetic, they can easily tune in to other’s emotions. Thus, they easily understand other’s points of view and make other people comfortable to open to them.


2. Master of emotions

Having high emotional intelligence means you can identify, understand and manage your emotions very well. Thus, you are always a step ahead of others when it comes to responding to challenging situations.

Besides, it helps you to manage stress better than others.


“Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody’s power, that is not easy.”

— Aristotle

3. People enjoy your company

Emotionally intelligent people are good listeners. Also, they are flexible and open to suggestions thus they make great company to hang out with.

4. Easily resolve conflicts

The trick to resolve any conflicts is to deal with them before the situation gets out of hand. The ability to manage your emotions and understand those of others, as well as understanding its triggers, makes it easy for you to respond to difficult situations in a way to diffuse the conflict.

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5. You don’t do or say things you later regret

Some occasions are too embarrassing to think about because of what you said or did. It usually happens because at that time you didn’t have or didn’t use your emotional intelligence. As a result, the decision you made left you with regret.

As an emotionally intelligent person, you know that you have to understand and process your emotions before releasing them. That means once you have had the chance to consider the situation then only you will act on it. You know it is important to think for a few minutes and giving yourself a chance to calm down and assess the situation before acting it out.

6. You easily become a leader

People with high emotional intelligence have most of the traits of highly effective leaders. They are confident, empathetic, communicative, positive, and supportive.

“Emotional intelligence is a way of recognizing, understanding, and choosing how we think, feel, and act. It shapes our interactions with others and our understanding of ourselves. It defines how and what we learn; it allows us to set priorities; it determines the majority of our daily actions. Research suggests it is responsible for as much as 80 percent of the “success” in our lives.”

— Joshua Freedman

7. You can deal with the change

Not many of us like change. But emotional intelligence gives you the tool to deal with any change that comes your way. An emotionally intelligent person is more positive towards change and also inspires others to feel the same way.

8. You have greater self-awareness

An emotionally intelligent person knows their strengths and weaknesses very well. They take feedback to grow and improve as a person. Also, they learn from constructive criticism as they are aware of what they are able to do.

9. Compassion

One of the greatest benefits of having emotional intelligence is the ability to maintain and display compassion for others. It allows you to connect with others on an emotional level which helps in understanding and building respect.

10. You are fulfilled

Emotional Intelligence can lead you on the path to a fulfilled and happy life. Becoming self-aware of your own worth as well as the worth of others is what helps you lead a happier and more fulfilling life.

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Takeaway

I have only scratched a surface here. There are many benefits of having emotional intelligence. The main purpose of emotional intelligence is to understand oneself and others. The more you are willing to take charge of your behavior, the more you find connections and true belonging.

So, through affecting your emotions, interpersonal relations, and behavior, emotional intelligence has a major effect on the quality of your life.

Remember, emotional intelligence is not merely a choice but a need of today’s world.

“We are dangerous when we are not conscious of our responsibility for how we behave, think, and feel.”

— Marshall B. Rosenberg

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Reference: Emotional Intelligence: Why it is crucial for success in life and business by James W. Williams.

© 2021 Prerna Dhulekar

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