Many employees focus on developing their IQ and practical competence or skills in order to get promoted or pursue a better future in their career. While IQ and skills are very important, emotional intelligence or EI can greatly influence your career path as well. In fact, 1 out of 3 HR and hiring managers are taking EI more seriously than you think, according to a recent study compiled by the University of Maryland.
There are many ways to improve your EI and be more emotionally intelligent. Many online MBA programs are starting to introduce classes designed to help students be more intelligent emotionally. There are also courses, training sessions and routines you can use to expand your ability to work under pressure, resolve issues effectively and be more intelligent when dealing with emotions.
A complete set of information on emotional intelligence can be found on the Emotional Intelligence and You infographic by University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.