Why Your Emotional Intelligence Can Help You Succeed at Work

Are you doing what you can to build and maintain your emotional intelligence?

You may be wondering where I’m going with this. After all, emotional intelligence isn’t something that we hear very often, especially in the workplace. But I think that it’s about time that we talk about it!

This week on Episode 161 of the podcast, we are talking all about how to manage our moods through building up our emotional intelligence, among other things.

And I know that this topic may seem a little woo-woo, so let’s recap what we mean when we say emotional intelligence before we dive into it more here today:

Our emotional intelligence is a combination of our self-awareness and our self-management (i.e., how we manage our emotions and changes in our mood).

In other words, it’s a gateway to the mood management we’re discussing during the episode this week. So keeping that in mind, let’s now take a peek at why our emotional intelligence can help us in our quest for career success and more.

I’ve outlined three benefits to developing a high emotional intelligence below. Let’s get started!


3 Benefits of Building Your Emotional Intelligence in Pursuit of Career Success


You’ll Stay Calm, Cool, and Collected –

When we take time to practice things like gratitude and mindfulness, both of which help build our emotional intelligence up, it bodes well for us and the work we do.

Think about it this way: when we have a handle on how our emotions work and how they affect our moods, we can effectively control how we react to situations that trigger our negative responses.

Which is essential when we are working closely with colleagues and clients, right?

We must get a sense of how we can prepare for the best and worst of situations. And it all starts with boosting our emotional intelligence.


Prioritizing (and Pivoting) Becomes Easier –

Our emotional intelligence is what helps us manage our moods and get in better touch with our emotions.

Because of this, it’s important to realize that it’s also what enables us to recover every time we experience a setback, negative mood shift, or failure in our day.

We talk about this more on Episode 161 this week. Still, one thing that I think is vital to take away is that having a high emotional intelligence has been shown to significantly increase our happiness and productivity in the workplace (and even at home).

So it comes as no surprise that, when we’re at our happiest, we can pivot more effectively around setbacks – particularly those that throw our days off course (i.e., lousy traffic that makes us late to work; when we unexpectedly miss a deadline; etc.)

Pivoting is key to getting and staying on track, especially regarding our goals and professional responsibilities.

It’s like I am always saying: even the best-laid plans can fall apart. The more we treat our emotional intelligence like the muscle that it is, and take steps to build it up over time, the easier it becomes to use it to our benefit.


You’ll Feel More Confident –

There’s no other way to say it: happiness breeds confidence! And it’s the same idea when we are talking about feeling calm, cool, and collected as we navigate our days at work.

Having a high level of emotional intelligence puts some of the power and control we need to feel successful back into our pockets.

And when we are feeling our most powerful, and in control of the work we are doing, how we are doing it, and our productivity to boot, our confidence soars.

I don’t know about you, but I often think that the most success is earned not necessarily through all of the different things we do, but from how confident we are while doing them.


What are some of the things you do to build your emotional intelligence? Better yet, what are some of your favorite things to do to recover from a bad mood? Share your ideas in the comments below!

And don’t forget to:

  • Tune in to Episode 161 of Productivity Paradox to dive even deeper into mood management, and how it all fits together with our emotional intelligence
  • Join my Facebook Community group of supportive people who will be there for you when you need encouragement while making those shifts to step out of your comfort zone and into You 2.0!

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Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton