4. Good decision-making skills areÂ essential.Â Good decision-making is at the forefront of every entrepreneur’s day. With so many balls to juggle, understanding what’s at stake and how to process a sea of information is vital. Self-awareness is an importantÂ component. Knowing yourself and how you respond to external triggers will helpÂ you to maneuver as you consider the pros and cons of any outcome. For example, when making decisions of consequence (they all are, by the way)Â you want to eliminateÂ the tendency to beÂ impulsive,Â biased or reactive. As you boost your emotional intelligence, you become increasinglyÂ aware of barriers that undermineÂ clear thinking, and can proactively remove them.
5. Effective communication skills are indispensable.Â EntrepreneursÂ who are skilled communicators are naturally poised to buildÂ rapport andÂ connectÂ with others. As social skills go, effective communication isÂ one of the most coveted. It opens doors, resolves conflict, andÂ seals deals.Â What is less understood, however, is the role thatÂ empathy playsÂ in structuring effective communication andÂ helpingÂ to ignite connectednessÂ with others. Empathy helps you to acknowledge the needs and perspectives of others (as opposed toÂ merely bolstering your own)Â while building much-desired connections. As the saying goes, ‘when you help others get what they want, they help you get what you want.’ It’s really that simple. When this process works, it seems almost effortless. ButÂ that’s because the magic is in mastering your emotions and creating synergy authentically.
Entrepreneurs can reap tremendousÂ gains fromÂ cultivatingÂ emotionalÂ intelligence. WhileÂ technicalÂ expertise may be a prerequisite to entry,Â soft skills mastery is the linchpin that drives long-term success. Interested in seeing where you fare on the EQ scale? Take the testÂ here.
To your success.
Karima Mariama-Arthur, Esq. is the founder and CEO ofÂ WordSmithRapport,Â an international consulting firm specializing in professional development. Follow her on Twitter:Â @wsrapportÂ or visit her website,Â www.wordsmithrapport.com.Â