Good attorneys are trained in law school to ignore distracting emotion in favor of logic. Think like a lawyer. Be detached.

High EQ attorneys understand that acquiring these skills enable them to better serve their clients while enjoying greater financial success. Because of their transparency and empathy, these attorneys gain the trust of their clients and retain their satisfied clients longer.

  1. Happy lawyer

    You stress less. Work is easier.

When you have high EQ, you are more able to adapt to change and tolerate the ambiguity that can be part of working remotely. You can let go of issues or mistakes because you have coping mechanisms and feel positive about your competency. You have the communication and social skills as well as the confidence needed to speak up for yourself and set boundaries when necessary.


  1. You connect more. Work is happier.

When you have high EQ, you are an intentional listener and more empathetic. You’re better able to identify commonalities and tactfully handle difficult topics, which builds trust.  You see the people as balanced with good and less than good qualities without judging.  People are drawn to you because they feel heard and acknowledged.


  1. You have a growth mindset. Work is more fun.

When you have high EQ, you are eager to try new things. You recognize that failure is part of growth and you have a growth mindset.  You aren’t afraid of being wrong or challenged. You have the resilience to try new areas and gain new marketable skills and deeper satisfaction in your work.


  1. You know your value. Work is more lucrative. earn moren money in your law practice with Dina Eisenberg

When you have high EQ, you know your strengths and their value to your clients and the world. You understand how your role impacts others and you have the confidence and the communication skills to convey your value to others. You also know how to connect quickly with others because of your social awareness high which leads to more clients.



Not sure about your EQ?

Determining your personal EQ is a good idea.  You know the benefits of high EQ as discussed above.  But, what are disadvantages to working with low EQ?

Low EQ is a problem in business. Low EQ is linked to lower performance, lower productivity and lower earnings, per a study by Cherniss, another EQ researcher. People with low EQ are more likely to change jobs, as you might imagine, because their people skills are poor.

You might have low EQ if you are experiencing any of the six statements below as true for you.

6 signs your EQ may be low


  1. You have a tough time accepting or making change.
  2. You struggle to work in a team setting
  3. You have a hot temper
  4. You don’t know or care what others think
  5. You tend to be negative or see obstacles easily
  6. You don’t like to try new things


The best way to determine your capacity is to take an assessment such as the one found at TalentSmart. Travis Bradbury, the author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, offers a free test with the purchase of his book.  How can having higher EQ improve your law practice?


Dina Lynch Eisenberg, JD, is the CEO of, an outsourcing training/consulting firm for successful lawyers and entrepreneurs based in Oakland, CA.

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