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Why your level of Success is reliant on your level of Emotional Intelligence

By 02/03/2019Nov 23rd, 2021No Comments

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Hi There Innovators! “A study at Harvard showed that 95% of successful business owners and entrepreneurs have a high EQ, Emotional Intelligence. This means that because of a high EQ, they are able to lead in their business from their truth and heart, they are able to problem solve for fairness and inclusion, they pro-act instead of re-act, they make decisions from a clear and grounded mind, they empathise deeper with people and situations in a way to create a stable work environment conducive to more participation, employee vesting and higher profit margin. They study showed that companies whose leader had a high EQ, excelled and had high returns.” Mirela Sula


So, the question then remains, what specifically is Emotional Intelligence bearing in mind that words are social constructs and mean different things to different people from different perspectives. In my understanding in respect to Business Innovation, Emotional Intelligence is one’s level of Authenticity. Only with a high level of authenticity is one sufficiently aware of their behaviour and how their behaviour causes a stakeholder effect through their verbal and nonverbal communication.


When one reaches this level of authenticity one can then alter the stakeholder effect. If you want a different response say from your shareholders and you are sufficiently aware of your behaviour you are then able to alter your behaviour for a more favourable response. You go from cause and effect to causing and effect. You go from giving away your power to taking back your power. The same would apply for a customer or an employee, if you were truly aware of how your behaviour caused a customer or employee effect you could alter your behaviour to elicit a better response.


Now of course the topic of emotional intelligence is a vast one and not easily condensed into a brief blog so we will wrap up with a brief insight into how this links to Business Innovation and how to cultivate Emotional Intelligence and conclude with what if we don’t.


How this links to Business Innovation is that Business Innovation is all about stakeholder value creation. The higher your level of authenticity and emotional intelligence, the greater your ability to create value for stakeholders by being aware of their needs and your value contribution to them. In addition to this when you are authentic you cultivate a level of self-inclusion which enables you to be inclusive of others. Adding to your ability to innovate as you open to a world of rich views different to your own limited perspectives, enabling you to solve problems far more effectively with ease. This stepping into your authentic power also means you add unique value to the process of innovation as no two people see the world the same or think in the same manner.


So how do we create emotional intelligence, well I am a little biased as I have developed unique trainings through years of research that do just that. I have come to understand that people don’t change unless there is a compelling reason to change, so firstly I unpack why we need to innovate now and then what is innovation and how do we innovate. Its in the how that I highlight scientifically the role the brain places in innovation, how the limbic brain is the seat of your emotion, the cerebellum is the seat of your unconscious habits and the frontal lobe in the neocortex is seat of your creativity – your ability to innovate. We then go into understanding your specific Neuro-Linguistic Programming and how to better understand how to integrate your limbic brain, cerebellum and neocortex for innovation through specific tools that enable the awareness of how you think and behave. Should you not attend a training than any form of mindfulness will assist you in cultivating your emotional intelligence, such as, yoga, art, meditation, prayer, journaling, time in nature and so forth.


What if you don’t develop your emotional intelligence? This will greatly impact your ability to be flexible which in a world that is progressing at an increasingly faster pace, may prove to be fatal. As Darwin famously said, “it’s not the strongest of the species that survives, it’s the one most adaptable to change”. When you are aware of your behaviour you are better able to adapt your behaviour, understanding though that this process is not always easy as we are neurologically wired for safety and fear anything outside of our comfort zone. That though I will save for next weeks blogs. ?

— Wendy Mahoney