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Affluent Christian Investor | October 21, 2017

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Emotional Intelligence is Critical to Success in Relationships and Work


EQ, or Emotional Intelligence is critical to success in relationships and work. People with higher EQs typically communicate effectively, perform well under stress, make their teams more productive, and are good decision makers.

Dr. Travis Bradberry and Nick Tasler, in an article at reveal how EQ is directly related to salary. They tested 42,000 people and compared their scores and salaries. Those with high Emotional Intelligence make an average of $29,000 more per year. And, every point increase of EQ adds another $1300.

Have I gotten your attention?

Unlike IQ, EQ can be developed and improved with education and effort. Honesty and courage are needed to face the truth about our emotions and behavior. But analysis is important in order to make positive changes. Those changes may require practice and patience plus the input of someone who will give you honest feedback.

In their book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, authors Bradberry and Greaves list specific strategies to work on in 4 key categories: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

Here are a few strategies they suggest:

  • Know who and what pushes your buttons
  • Stop and ask yourself why you do the things you do
  • Learn a valuable lesson from everyone you encounter
  • Smile and laugh more
  • Greet people by name
  • Practice the art of listening
  • Take feedback well
  • Acknowledge other people’s feelings

It is no surprise that people with these characteristics can be successful.

The Apostle Paul wrote: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control….” Practicing what the Bible teaches and sincerely serving others will have benefits.

And teaching these things to our young people will give them a tremendous advantage.


Originally published on Handwriting on the Wall.

Chuck Bentley is CEO of Crown, a non-profit business and personal finance policy and educational organization, and author of “The S.A.L.T. Plan. How to Prepare for an Economic Crisis of Biblical Proportions” and “Root of Riches, What if everything you think about money is wrong?”


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