Are you EMOTIONAL… ly Intelligent?

SheCAN! APA Solutions

Women of the world, are you EMOTIONAL…ly intelligent?

If you’re like many of the female professionals I’ve encountered, you’re probably just as sick of hearing how much more emotional you are compared to male counterparts. It’s simply not true speaking from experience working in the trenches of human capital development at APA Solutions. As a point of emphasis, it’s not a women thing at all, in fact it’s a human thing.

Our data on emotional intelligence does not support this gender-specific claim and rather is something we ALL need more awareness about. Interestingly enough, there is a particular tool considered to be one of the best in predicting personal and professional success. The EQ assessment is meant to illustrate the impact emotional intelligence has on core behavioral styles, and is used by many in the learning and development world. As a baseline, the APA team noticed immediately how impactful this self-knowledge was when presenting to our WomanUP community, and thanks to our partnership with the SheCAN! network, we’ll be administering and debriefing your very own EQ assessment at the next Mindset Monday workshops on July 22nd .

First, let’s define EQ. TTI Success Insights defines Emotional intelligence as an individual’s ability to sense, understand and effectively apply the power and acumen of emotions to facilitate higher levels of collaboration and productivity. In plain English, do you ever notice individuals in your everyday encounters getting emotional to the point it negatively affects decision-making or performance? They may be lower on the EQ scale but regardless of where a person is today, emotional intelligence can be improved. It takes a focused effort to become more aware especially when facing conflict, but once achieved, research shows that the most successful people have well developed emotional intelligence skills. This allows for them to work well with a diverse group of people and to effectively respond to ever changing environmental conditions.

Don’t be fooled though, EQ is not more important that IQ and having both competencies is certainly important to success. As our in-house Ph.D. says, it provides a great mirror to more accurately reflect on your emotional tendencies and give you the awareness to leverage your EQ to help you achieve your long-term career goals.

So, are you tired of hearing the “too emotional” accusation? Let’s debunk this myth that has been spreading like wildfire at our upcoming partnered SheCAN! event. Register today for the July 22nd dinner seminar, “Self-Awareness & Emotional Intelligence for a Healthy Lifestyle”.


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Joan has an unwavering passion for helping organizations thrive by connecting them with impact performers, improving work environments, and boosting talent brands. Joan understands how to drive productivity and sales through positive professional relationships. When not impacting a company’s growth, she loves fashion and the outdoors.