In a recent report, top chief human resources officers from global companies were asked what they see as the top 10 job skills required for workers to thrive by the year 2020. One of those critical skills for success that made the top 10 list? Wait for it…emotional intelligence.

According to emotional intelligence (E.I.) experts, E.I. has become an important predictor of job success, surpassing technical ability. We can trace this back to 2011, when a CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,600 U.S. hiring managers and human resources professionals revealed that 71 percent valued emotional intelligence in an employee over IQ.

What to Look for In People with High Emotional Intelligence

If you’re looking to work in a high-performing tribe of people with E.I, or build your own E.I. superpower culture, you need to know some of the key behaviors that show up in its five tenets of self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.

4Look for people who show up with their true selves.

Transparency is a hot commodity in the relationship economy. Sometimes the tendency is for employees and bosses to hide, withdraw, stonewall, or put on the mask of false charisma or dictatorship to avoid tough situations or conflict.

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And that mask hides who we truly are through how we may order people around or forcefully command attention.

In teams that thrive, you’ll find people showing up with raw authenticity.

It’s leading in conversations and interactions with your mind and your heart, during good times and bad. You show up with:

  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Emotional honesty
  • A great attitude
  • An openness to feedback
  • A self-awareness of not only your feelings, but of those of others in your sphere of influence.
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