In today’s digital world, embracing AI is no longer an option, it’s a necessity. Like it or not, automation, data driven decision-making and technological innovation are transforming the way we work. The secret to navigating the complexities of AI is emotional intelligence – the ability to recognise, understand and manage your own emotions and those of others. It’s only by honing your core EQ skills such as adaptability, optimism and empathy, that you can truly leverage the power of AI and stay ahead of the competition.

Keeping pace with the speed of change

Change is hard. It’s not surprising that many people see AI as a threat and would prefer to stick with the status quo. The key to embracing AI is to dial up your adaptability – a key EQ skill – so you are open-minded and flexible. It’s about reframing your mindset so you see change as exciting not scary. A powerful way to do this is to focus on the positives instead of the negatives.  This could be reminding yourself of the incredible medical advances that AI will bring rather than focusing on fear-mongering headlines warning of mass unemployment. By drawing on your optimism in this way, you will look to the future with confidence and adapt to new ways of working accordingly.

Leading with Emotional Intelligence

It takes emotional intelligence to inspire and motivate others as they navigate the challenges that change brings. Leaders with high levels of EQ draw on their empathy to understand their team’s individual fears and concerns. They use this understanding to support their team by helping them manage their stress whilst keeping them excited and engaged about their future. Leading by example in this way, helps foster a culture of collaboration and innovation that focuses on the benefits that AI can bring.

Building meaningful relationships

As an increasing number of tasks are automated, people with high levels of EQ will be valued more than ever. AI still struggles with recognising and responding to human emotions. EQ is critical in building meaningful relationships with others. It takes highly developed social skills to win other people’s hearts and minds. So, take the time to recognise and respect their communication style, then flex your own accordingly to help build trust and rapport. In business, people still buy people. By combining your relationship building skills with the advances in technological innovation, you will set yourself up for commercial success.

Finally, by adopting a growth mindset and committing to learning more about both EQ and AI, you will stay ahead of the curve. AI and EQ aren’t mutually exclusive. It’s only by taking practical steps to develop your adaptability, optimism and empathy that you can harness the transformative power of AI.