2021's Top Emotional Intelligence Articles

A year’s worth of emotional intelligence articles can teach us a lot. We can see, based on real world comments and feedback, what articles made an impact.

We can see what topics stuck with our readers and why, so we pulled together the top 5 articles that our readers clicked on, engaged with, and shared the most often.

You might be thinking, “Popularity doesn’t tell the whole story. What about niche topics that blew up in a smaller sphere of people?” We thought the same thing, and we have that covered too. In addition to what we’re calling our 5 All-Star articles (the most popular), we’ve included two “coaches’ favorites,” or articles that received significant positive feedback and engagement within their narrower topic.

Top 7 Emotional Intelligence Articles in 2021

  1. 9 Ways to Build Your Grit
  2. Why Good Employees Quit, And What to Do about It
  3. 8 EQ Strategies Developed 2,000+ Years Ago
  4. 3 Creative Ways to Boost Your Virtual Team’s EQ
  5. How Emotionally Intelligent People Conquer Their Fears
  6. The Importance of Self-Awareness: Moods vs. Emotions
  7. Harnessing Emotional Intelligence for Innovation: A Lesson from Ballet-Practicing Football Players
  1. 9 Ways to Build Your Grit

What it’s about: A definition of what healthy grit looks like and nine ways to develop yours.

Why it stuck: This article delivered more than a quick hack or a shot of motivation that fades as quickly as it hits. Instead, it offered a revised definition of grit, one steeped in research. The article helped differentiate between “resilience and grit”. Drawing on a healthy definition of “grit,” the article then detailed specific strategies to help people grow their grit and persevere through a year filled with change and challenges.

  1. Why Good Employees Quit, And What to Do about It

What it’s about: What’s going on with the Great Resignation? What can you do about it? How can emotional intelligence help?

Why it stuck: This article highlighted how the Great Resignation is still the result of the same old reasons people have always left (it’s just a faster, juiced-up version). Good employees quitting is all about how you interact with and treat people. The article looked closely at specific behaviors that drive good employees away.

  1. 8 EQ Strategies Developed 2,000+ Years Ago

What it’s about: An introduction to how the Stoic philosophers thought about emotions.

Why it stuck: There’s a deep history of philosophers looking at, thinking about, and examining feelings. Their insights offer a new (yet very old) angle with which to look at emotional intelligence.

  1. 3 Creative Ways to Boost Your Virtual Team’s EQ

What it’s about: Three creative examples of teams interacting, and 3 EQ strategies based on those examples that teams can apply in their work together. The strategies are designed help teams get creative in their approach to virtual work.

Why it stuck: Many teams tried to move to virtual by doing the same things they did in-person. Many other teams stuck with the same approaches to virtual regardless of how well they worked. This article helped teams break free from habits that weren’t working to create new approaches together.

  1. How Emotionally Intelligent People Conquer Their Fears

What it’s about: A breakdown of how fear gets in our way at work (hint: it’s much more often than we think or expect).

Why it stuck: We often experience uncomfortable emotions at work, but there’s surprisingly little information out there about how to speak about or manage those emotions. This article confronted uncomfortable emotions head-on and gave people a constructive emotion management process to follow.

 

The Coaches’ Favorites

  1. The Importance of Self-Awareness: Moods vs. Emotions

What it’s about: A deep dive into moods: what they are, how they relate to emotions, how they influence our actions, and how they relate to emotional intelligence.

Why it’s a coaches’ favorite: To understand and manage your emotions, you ultimately have to understand your moods too. Learning about the subtleties of moods and emotions will quickly deepen your understanding of yourself and your tendencies. This article helps people deepen their self-awareness to another degree.

 

  1. Harnessing Emotional Intelligence for Innovation: A Lesson from Ballet-Practicing Football Players

What it’s about: A detailed introduction to the emotional side of innovation. emotional intelligence articles 

Why it’s a coaches’ favorite: Innovation is one of the most valued competencies across a range of organizations and industries. But, people are still slow to think about emotional intelligence as a driving factor of innovation. This article sheds light on three strong connections between emotional intelligence and innovation.

 

What We Learned

2021 was full of research, interviews, coaching, training, curriculum development, book writing, ideation, and long behind-the-scenes subject matter expert conversations. All these things and more fed directly into our articles. Reviewing and reflecting on our articles, our takeaway is that we have the unique expertise, data, motivation, and opportunity to draw out ideas around emotions in the workplace in a way that no one else does. We are on the forefront of emotions in the workplace, and we want to use our position to make a positive impact on as many lives as we can.

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