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Business impact of emotional intelligence: 5 habits that can make a difference right now

The business impact of emotional intelligence is clear.

As EQ increases, so does business impact as teams become better versed in behaviors that lead to positive outcomes, whether it's creating customer-sensitive brand ambassadors,  a more cohesive team, a more articulate and confident sales force, or a more inclusive and diverse workplace where new ideas are welcome and innovation can flourish.

There are 5 pillars of emotional intelligence, according to the experts at BlueEQ, an Advantage Performance thought leader partner and creator of the BlueEQ™ emotional intelligence self-assessment:

  1. Self-regard
  2. Self-awareness
  3. Self-control
  4. Social perception
  5. Social effectiveness

Within each are another 5 dimensions comprised of skills that people can practice and perfect.

Unlike IQ, a high EQ can be learned.

Developing EQ at the office isn't a quick fix, but these best practice behaviors in each of the 5 pillars of emotional intelligence can get you off to a good start! Hover over or click on each of the icons around the circle below to reveal each tip.


Find the humor in your personal imperfections.
Imperfection is a sacred human condition. Embrace it.


Develop active listening skills.
Am I talking too much?


Eliminate meaningless distractions.
Beware of squirrels and shiny objects!
Avoid social media or over-checking your email.

Social Perception

Increase your tolerance and compassion for others.
Walk a mile in their shoes, or at least try them on.

Social Effectiveness

Have the courage to speak up.

Spend 20 minutes to advance your career and your life

BlueEQ™ is among the most accurate, comprehensive, and powerful emotional intelligence self-assessments available. An Advantage thought leader partner, BlueEQ has a free edition especially for us. Designed by a team of industry experts, social and behavioral scientists, instructional psychologists, and psychometricians, the BlueEQ self-assessment consists of 150 rapid response questions and takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Our free trial provides your overall BlueEQ score and a heat map indicating your competencies in 5 skills and 25 dimensions. The color-coded heat map helps you identify skills or dimensions to focus on developing, and offers suggestions on how to improve in those areas. There is no cost or obligation.

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