Employers need employees who can manage workplace relationships in addition to performing their professional duties.

On their resumes and during job interviews, employees are advised to emphasize their unique accomplishments and technical expertise. Another skill set is becoming increasingly important for professional success, whether working alone or as a team member. Leaders are becoming increasingly interested in emotional intelligence, or EQ. This group of skills includes our capacity to comprehend and control both our own and other people’s emotions as well as how to apply this understanding to forge fulfilling relationships. It is very challenging to perform duties successfully and sustainably if you are unable to control your own and others’ emotions.

Working emotionally and logically frequently calls for taking a new approach. It means prioritizing interpersonal relationships, our own feelings, and the feelings of others over to-do lists and productivity targets. Although shifting one’s perspective may be difficult, the rewards could be huge, increasing one’s confidence, productivity, well-being, and personal influence—all qualities that employers today more than ever demand.