Season 5 Episode 4: Emotional Intelligence Is Critical

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Season 5 Episode 4: Emotional Intelligence Is Critical

58% of all performance is directly tied to EQ (Emotional Intelligence). In Part 1 of a 2-part series, Jason Barger defines Emotional Intelligence is and why it is critical to the development of leaders and cultures.

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1:47 – Jason introduces Season 5 episode 4 of the podcast, Emotional Intelligence Is Critical. Welcome back to the podcast on corporate culture and leadership and thank you for listening. We engage thought leaders like CEOs, CFOs, managers, VPs, directors, and more for this podcast. We wish to create content that engages your mind and heart and allows you to step back and think and add some positivity to your life. We deep dive into today’s topic.

3:05 – We can’t control everything but what we can control is our response. Still a lot of work to do but wanted to remind the audience what is within our control is the temperature we create in the organizations and teams we work with. If you have a suggestion, please send it to

3:32 – Please leave a review for the podcast It really helps the podcast to spread these messages out into the world. Please share this podcast with your organization, on your team, or in your life to help spread these messages. Thank you!

4:22 – We have been talking about a series Navigating “the future of work” as leaders are managing the transition “back to work” in a physical space and alongside virtual work. Listen to Part I and the Future of Work. Check out the big shift and The Great Resignation episode PART II here. 

6:04 – In the last episode, Culture is not your Building, we spoke about what culture truly is and what it isn’t.  Buildings are important, they also can limit potential if poorly done but they are not your culture. Listen to the last episode to dive into this topic.

58% of all performance is directly tied to emotional intelligence.

7:00 – Today we introduce a two-part series talking about emotional intelligence or Emotional IQ. It has always been important but now especially. The work cultures that are focusing on emotional IQ are thriving. We are all taking part of the BIG SHIFT in working and work culture. Jason dives into today’s topic in part 1 of Emotional Intelligence. What emotional intelligence is? Why is emotional intelligence important?

8:20 – We all have an IQ that is fairly set, we also have a personality type, Jason often uses them as well with teams and organizations he works with. The IQ and our personality don’t change a lot but our EQ or emotional intelligence does have space to grow and develop. Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive, manage, and regulate emotions. It includes our ability to listen, and our response or behavior based on our own emotional intelligence.

15:22 – Emotional intelligence is your ability to recognize and understand the emotions in yourself and others and the ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and your relationships. The internal temperature that we begin to set creates that external temperature for those around us. It is about how am I feeling about what is going on around me and having awareness about how other people around me are feeling. What is your response based on external circumstances around you. It starts with personal competence. Jason dives in deep into this here.

18:12 – What is your behavior? What is your personal competency? What is your social competence? What are other people experiencing? What might they be feeling? Then what do you do based on that feeling by reading the emotions of yourself and those around you?

19:38 – Jason shares that his wife Amy and him will soon celebrate 20 years being married and 25 years together – Congrats Jason! How emotional intelligence plays a role in relationships seems obvious but the interactions and lessons from it represent a masterclass in responding and being sensitive to another person’s needs. In business, we don’t go to that level of nurturing but the lessons are very similar and can help. Jason shares his experiences here with emotional intelligence and his family.

Questions to Ponder

  1. What are you aware of with your own personal feelings and responses lately? Have your responses been in alignment with the temperature you want to set?
  2. What temperature do you want to set?
  3. What is the temperature that is needed right now with your team, friends, community, are you going to be aware of what that is and the response that’s needed?

Remember, the best leaders, teams, & cultures stimulate progress by recalibrating their thermostat together.

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Conversations and micro-thoughts to engage your mind and heart.

A thermostat is proactive. It sets the temperature in a room. Controls the temperature. Regulates the temperature. But in today’s distracted, fast-paced and digital world, it’s easy for individuals and organizations to act more like thermometers, slipping into reactionary thinking, becoming scattered and inconsistent. The most compelling leaders, teams, organizations, families, or collection of humans of any kind operate in thermostat mode. They calibrate their mind and heart to set the temperature for the vision and culture they want to create. Jason Barger, globally celebrated author, keynote speaker, and founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, is the host of The Thermostat, a podcast journey to discover authentic leadership, create compelling cultures and find clarity of mission, vision, and values.