18 ways to get to know your emotional IQ

By · Monday, June 8th, 2015

In case you missed this Forbes piece earlier this month, “Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here’s How to Know for Sure,” read it now. Contributor Travis Bradberry could be talking to a roomful of journalists.

First, what is it? Bradberry explains:

Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible.
It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions to achieve positive results.

Bradberry lists and describes what he calls “sure signs that you have a high EQ.”

Consider the first three, and you’ll understand the connection to journalists:

His explanations resonate among people whose profession revolves around relationships — with sources, with fellow journalists, with audiences. Journalists, especially in traditional reporter-editor roles, are also keenly aware of how emotions can work with them and against them.

Check out Bradberry’s full list of 18 signs and see what you think. They are a quick read and something you can easily skim. And we know that’s pretty popular these days.

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