Self Awareness & Emotional Intelligence

Industry Skill


The ability to make a true assessment of yourself, build confidence in your strengths, manage your weaknesses, and respond to all circumstances in the best possible way. It involves being emotionally intelligent to perform under pressure and stay in control when things do not go as planned or you are in disagreement with others.

A workplace is a community consisting of people with unique backgrounds, personality and skills. This often times lead to a difference in viewpoints, collision of wills, and divergence of interests. In a survey consisting of hiring managers, almost 75 per cent of respondents suggested that they valued the Emotional Quotient of an employee. They preferred it as a vital pointer to self-awareness and management more than Intelligent Quotient.

“As the head of final year activities planning committee of my class, I used my communication skills to convince class influencers to join the committee. I kept my cool when accused of misappropriation of funds; the financial secretary I assigned to keep records of class payments proved my innocence.”

Take time to reflect on your personality. What lights you up? What turns you off? Reflect on your previous performance on tasks; what made you succeed? What affected your execution in those you performed poorly? A standardised personality test like Myer Briggs can also provide some insight into who you are.

This skill is in high demand in industries and career disciplines that highly require working with others, accountability, working under pressure and with deadlines. Top among these industries are:

  • Banking
  • Retail & Sales
  • Business/Professional Services
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Music/Film

Top Demand Career Disciplines:

  • Finance
  • Governance & Public Administration
  • Management & Business Administration
  • People/Talent Management
  • Consulting


  • Into the Wild
  • The Physician
  • Inside Out
  • Whiplash
  • The Intouchables


  • Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Victr Frankl
  • The Road Less Travelled by Scott Peck
  • Managing Oneself by Peter F Drucker
  • Now, Discover Your Strengths by Daniel Clifton and Marcus Buckingham


  • The Self-Awareness Podcast
  • Self-Awareness Millennial
  • IQ Meets EQ
  • The Kingsley Grant Show
  • Best Self Management

Take a Self-Assessment of your Self Awareness and Emotional Intelligence Skills


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