Boost your emotional intelligence to excel as an entrepreneur

Emotional intelligence, also known as your EQ (for emotional quotient), plays the biggest part in taking you to the top. There is a powerful positive correlation between good EQ skills and success in the workplace.

What is EQ?

  • good self-awareness
  • strong people skills

Four domains of EQ,

  • self-awareness
  • self-management
  • social awareness
  • relationship management


  • positive outlook
  • Empathy
  • teamwork
  • coaching and mentoring
  • adaptability and
  • inspirational leadership.

Why does it matter?

Business is all about people, and if your relationship management skills are poor, you are at a distinct disadvantage. In fact, dealing with customers and team members well is vital to the success of your business. Indeed, if you find it hard to network well with others, you will definitely have difficulty in making the business connections you need

How do I boost my EQ?

There are some simple steps you can follow to begin boosting your EQ. For example, make a habit of praising others regularly, as this will train your brain to focus on the good in those around you, encourage empathy and improve your relationships. Likewise, be sure to apologise when needed, as this will help to build respect and trust with others. You could also try pausing before you reply, in situations of potential conflict. This will allow you to release any initial anger and respond more rationally. Indeed, during disagreements, you could also make a habit of seeing the situation from the other person’s point of view, as trying to genuinely understand their priorities, emotions and motives will also strengthen your empathy and could help you reach common ground. In addition, learn to listen well to others, as this will help you understand those around you better and form stronger interpersonal relationships.

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