As much as we鈥檇 like to think we鈥檙e in our careers because of聽our passion for聽the work, we鈥檙e also in it 鈥 at least partially 鈥 to earn a living. And, as we all know, the higher the salary, the easier the livin鈥. How to earn said high salary is up for debate. Maybe you just need to ramp up your negotiation skills. Or create聽a聽group of inspirational female mentors聽to keep you on track. Or maybe you need a higher emotional intelligence quotient 鈥 according to a聽new study, that is.

Published in the August 2017 Journal of Vocational Behavior, the study found that those with a higher emotional intelligence quotient, or EQ, earned higher salaries across all industries.聽Emotional intelligence, which (don鈥檛 worry!) can be cultivated over time, is the ability to recognize, understand, and navigate one鈥檚 own emotions as well as those of others.

A woman meets with colleagues at the office

For not getting much credit, a high聽EQ helps a lot around the office, especially in management positions. For example, empathy and an聽elevated聽EQ are correlated,聽which聽lends itself to the ability to better motivate and influence the behaviors of others positively. Furthermore, emotional intelligence can lead to social success in the workplace. Having office聽friends equates to access to more聽opportunities, such as high-profile projects or聽improved mentorship. Lastly, people with a high EQ are more open to reformation. By accepting聽criticism better and fixing their mistakes more effectively, they are able to excel in their careers more so聽than those with lower EQs.

For once, this is聽some potentially good salary-centric news for women, who typically register higher EQs than men. A study from 2016 shows women as a class outperform men in 11 of the 12 emotional intelligence competencies. (The only one men prevailed in was emotional self-control.) A few聽of the聽鈥渟oft skills鈥 women possessed more so聽than men were adaptability, organizational awareness, coaching & mentoring, and leadership. As the title of the study states, these qualities are 鈥渃rucial for effective leadership and superior business performance.鈥

We can only hope these findings will lead to some more literal #girlbosses.

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