Why Emotional Intelligence is Key to Success
Written by  Daisie Team
Published on 3 min read

As a society, we often focus on academic and technical skills when it comes to success. However, emotional intelligence (EI) is equally important, if not more so, in achieving success in both personal and professional realms. In this blog, we will explore the importance of emotional intelligence, how to prioritise emotional well-being, and how to set goals using sprints.

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage one's own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. It is a key component of successful relationships, effective communication, and leadership. People with high emotional intelligence are better able to navigate social situations, manage stress, and make decisions based on empathy and understanding.

In fact, research has shown that emotional intelligence is a better predictor of success than IQ. A study by TalentSmart found that people with high emotional intelligence make an average of $29,000 more per year than those with low emotional intelligence. Additionally, people with high emotional intelligence are more likely to be promoted and have higher job satisfaction.

Designing an Emotionally Smart 2023

As we look towards the future, it is important to consider how we can design a world that prioritises emotional intelligence. This means creating environments that foster emotional intelligence, such as schools that teach emotional regulation and workplaces that prioritise empathy.

One way to do this is by incorporating emotional intelligence into technology. For example, social media platforms could use algorithms to detect harmful or negative language and provide resources for emotional support. Additionally, virtual reality could be used to create empathy-building experiences.

Another way to design an emotionally smart future is by prioritising emotional intelligence in education. This means teaching emotional regulation, empathy, and conflict resolution skills in schools. It also means creating safe and supportive environments where students can learn and grow emotionally.

Prioritising Emotional Well-being

In order to develop emotional intelligence, it is important to prioritise emotional well-being. This means taking care of yourself both physically and emotionally. It means setting boundaries, practicing self-care, and seeking support when needed.

One way to prioritise emotional well-being is by practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and non-judgmentally observing one's thoughts and feelings. It has been shown to reduce stress, improve emotional regulation, and increase empathy.

Another way to prioritise emotional well-being is by seeking support from others. This can be through therapy, support groups, or simply talking to friends and family. It is important to remember that seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Setting Goals as Sprints

When it comes to achieving success, setting goals is an important component. However, traditional goal-setting methods can be overwhelming and lead to burnout. One way to avoid this is by setting goals as sprints.

Setting goals as sprints means breaking down larger goals into smaller, more manageable tasks. This allows for a sense of accomplishment and progress, while also preventing burnout. It also allows for flexibility and adaptability, as goals can be adjusted as needed.

Additionally, setting goals as sprints allows for the development of emotional intelligence. By breaking down goals into smaller tasks, it allows for the opportunity to practice emotional regulation, empathy, and conflict resolution skills.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, emotional intelligence is a key component of success in both personal and professional realms. By designing an emotionally smart future, prioritising emotional well-being, and setting goals as sprints, we can develop our emotional intelligence and achieve our goals in a healthy and sustainable way.

If you are interested in learning more about designing an emotionally smart future, I encourage you to check out the workshop called 'Design an Emotionally Smart 2023' by Carla Bonomini. This workshop will provide tools and strategies for incorporating emotional intelligence into your personal and professional life.