As a motivational speaker, I’m constantly telling leaders and entrepreneurs about the importance of emotional intelligence—or EQ, as it’s sometimes called.

Why is EQ important? Because EQ is what allows you to identify and categorize your own emotions—and thus, to control them.

Moreover, EQ allows you to better understand the emotional drivers of others—your employees, colleagues, and customers—and to predict their responses to emotional stimuli.

So are you someone with high EQ? Let me offer some quick questions you might consider as you take a self-inventory.

Understanding Your Emotional Intelligence

You’re able to articulate your emotions with precision. Most people are able to tell you when they’re happy or sad, but someone with high EQ can dig deeper—explaining that they are feeling wistful, or overwhelmed from stress, etc.

You’re aware of emotional strengths and shortcomings. Someone with high EQ is adept at identifying the strengths and weaknesses of others. Plus, emotional EQ empowers you to fairly assess your own skillsets.

People confide in you. If you’re the kind of person to whom people come when they need advice, guidance, or understanding, that certainly attests to your EQ.

You’re a good judge of character. Are you usually proven correct in your initial assessments of people? If so, that’s probably a sign of high EQ.

You don’t hold grievances. Those who have emotional intelligence are usually able to move on from grudges, rather than let ill feelings fester.

You’re comfortable accepting alternate experiences and perspectives. The person with high EQ is tolerant of the fact that other people are different, and that they have feelings and opinions that are perfectly valid.

Build Your Emotional Intelligence

Whether you fared well in that little checklist or not, there are always steps you can take to develop better EQ. One step I recommend? Enlisting an executive coach.