According to a variety of studies and research, lawyers overall underperform when it comes to emotional intelligence. Naturally, they excel in intelligence overall, which helps them be better lawyers, but could emotional intelligence be helpful too?

Reportedly, a criminal lawyer that has developed their emotional intelligence and integrated it into their life can perform better in their jobs and improve their success as a lawyer.

Let us take a closer look at why emotional intelligence is essential for lawyers and if there are any downsides besides its advantages.

The Main Elements of Emotional Intelligence

This concept consists of four different elements. These are emotional perception, empathy, understanding, and regulation. With the help of the four, an emotionally intelligent person can easily connect to various other emotions and understand how they feel and how to manage them.

A lawyer, who is often trained to skip on emotions in his line of duty, should have both advantages and disadvantages if training this skill.

The Downsides of Incomplete Emotional Intelligence

As mentioned above, an EI individual can control and manage their emotions much better than one lacking this skill.

The only time when such a thing comes with downsides is when the lawyer doesn’t train their EI enough, resulting in either incomplete or unbalance EI.

● Incomplete EI can make it harder for lawyers to identify lies.

● At the same time, they can feel crowded with personal information that they would have no issues ignoring.

● Finally, they may be less emotionally unmanaged, meaning more creative than they should be.

However, despite incomplete, EI has always shown signs of real atonement, coping skills, and increased creativity in coming up with new ideas.

The Benefits of Emotional Intelligence

Researchers and studies show that lawyers with emotional intelligence can make more money with each case they have to handle. Why?

It is because emotionally intelligent people can easily connect with other people and make them feel like they can be related to, so to speak.

A lawyer with a balanced EI can analyze every single type of emotion, build their emotional vocabulary, and use it in conversations with their clients.

Moreover, the client will also feel like they can relate with the lawyer when the latter’s language is not filled with attempts to ditch the legalese accent, if we may call it so.

The Bottom Line

Lawyers are known for not being able to easily connect with their clients and the cases they must handle. Most lawyers do not feel any emotion when faced with serious or grisly cases.

Their education, after all, implies them not letting their emotions take control over them. This is where emotional intelligence steps in.

EI does not mean becoming more emotional when faced with certain things. Ultimately, EI teaches people how to reach emotions properly and share what they feel with the rest of the world, including understanding those emotions.

As such, it goes without saying why self-growth – of more than just lawyers – can be positively affected by emotional intelligence!

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