Can Emotional Intelligence Encourage Self-Discipline and Performance?

Can Emotional Intelligence Encourage Self-Discipline and Performance?

Can Emotional Intelligence Encourage Self-Discipline and Performance?

Credit: Viktor Frankl.

Individualized training, mentoring and a strong culture of self-motivation can help even the most self-defeating volunteers get the job done. And, for some research subjects in the ACT Benchmark Study, enhanced emotional intelligence actually enhanced their effectiveness.

In fact, when three USC psychologists tested more than 300 people about their emotional intelligence through five tests, they found that people with the highest emotional intelligence outperformed those with the lowest emotional intelligence in all of the tests, including some that demonstrated a natural deficit in emotional intelligence.

But emotional intelligence isn’t some kind of flash in the pan that you can hope for or think about improving.

In fact, many research studies have now shown that in teams, stronger emotional intelligence leads to higher performance.

Specifically, teams with participants who scored on the emotional intelligence “border” highest were the teams that most consistently won scientific competitions.

For the benchmark study, however, the researchers turned their attention away from team results and looked specifically at the performance of individuals in experimental testing. In these experiments, the researchers ran regular, objective tests of participants’ emotional intelligence, and their results were reflected in their performances.

Before that happened, however, the researchers managed to get some initial insight into the matter:

“We hypothesized that participants with high emotional intelligence will work better than individuals with low emotional intelligence if they are capable of communicating to their team members how they feel or how they want to feel.”

And what do people with high emotional intelligence do that is so effective? “They set themselves and their team members up for success.”

For some examples of effective emotional intelligence, just take a look at the “6 Reasons Not to Hire Emotionally Traumatized People” post from last year. Our thoughts on this topic are aligned with some of the research studies that have been done.

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