Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - CAREER -

You can be smart and rock a high IQ, but EQ – emo­tional in­tel­li­gence – is where you’re go­ing to get ahead in your 9-to-5. A strong EQ not only helps you man­age your own be­hav­iour and emo­tions more ef­fec­tively; it also helps you deal with stresses and height­ened emo­tions from col­leagues. It’s also about be­ing able to get ahead in busi­ness by build­ing mean­ing­ful re­la­tion­ships – whether you’re rock­ing the cor­ner of­fice or do­ing the cof­fee run. ‘ You need to be some­one who is con­struc­tive, trust­wor­thy, com­pas­sion­ate, fo­cused and de­ter­mined, and build up your re­la­tion­ships with other peo­ple,’ says Bradley.

Fa­mil­iar with the term ‘ the boys’ club’? It exists be­cause those guys built re­la­tion­ships and were con­fi­dent enough in the strength of those re­la­tion­ships to call upon them to get ahead. Do that – just more con­struc­tively. ‘Con­fi­dent self­talk is a huge thing in be­ing able to turn crit­i­cism into a con­struc­tive source of feed­back,’ says Bradley. ‘If you feel com­pas­sion­ate to­wards your­self and you know why you’re there, you are in an amaz­ing po­si­tion to lever­age re­sources other peo­ple will miss.’ So how about we quit with the sec­ondguess­ing and show some con­fi­dence in our abil­i­ties?

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