Emotional IQ has become the new black for business owners and start- ups. Emotional intelligence underpins the self-awareness that is evident in great leaders and involves the ability to accurately perceive emotions with high levels of empathy. This is an essential ingredient in understanding other people's emotions, as well as your own. People with high emotional IQ are aware of their faults and shortcomings and are always trying to develop new skills and greater self-awareness.
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Employers are now on the lookout for strong soft skills. As the requirements of the workplace change, those job applicants who can most readily display these soft skills are preferred to those who don't. Employers looking for great managers are increasingly attuned to the signs of managers who can use their people skills effectively to unify teams and increase positive productivity.
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While we might not want to admit it, most of us suffer from an inability to listen effectively. Most of us think we are far better listeners than we actually are.
That’s right – you heard correctly - the reality is that most of us are poor listeners.
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Entrepreneurs and innovation are widely regarded as the engine rooms of economic growth. Australian federal and state governments are devoting significant funds and resources toward the creation of a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. Part of this includes support for skill development – but are we overlooking a vital skillset?