Emotional Intelligence: The One Skill You Need to Stand Out, Plus Tactics to Boost It

What are you looking for in a contractor? What are your gold standard requirements? What makes a freelance contractor stand out? I’m consistently fielding these questions and I suggest that the answer is simple – high emotional intelligence (or emotional quotient [EQ]).

According to Talent Smart, 90% of high performers have high EQ, while a staggering 80% of low performers have low EQ. This is a distinguishing factor that sets individuals apart from others with identical hard skills – and I took notice. Contractors with high EQ navigate the contracting landscape with confidence; they use their skill and sensitivity to emotional influences to build and maintain successful relationships, taking personal and client satisfaction to the highest levels.

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