Although the concept of EQ is over thirty years old, in recent years it seems hard to escape hearing about it. However, familiarity does not necessarily guarantee understanding. Long before the current pandemic, HR and organization development professionals worked hard to enlighten organizations about the myriad benefits that result from establishing psychologically safe environments. Nonetheless, ask employees to define EQ, and many descriptions may allude to a feeling reminiscent of floating in warm tropical waters. Frequently relegated to the equivalent of tuning out, practicing EQ as an effective management skill requires a heightened degree of attunement. Today, establishing inclusive workplaces is a priority. Practicing EQ correctly can greatly facilitate this goal. Remember though, things often get loud before they hum. Emotional intelligence means that you acknowledge your emotions in or about a situation, and learn how to express them in way that results in shared understanding of yourself and those around you. Demonstrating high EQ means that that there is noise – expression, disagreement, and discussion. True collaboration does not mean uniformity of thought, but acceptance and appreciation of differences. Read emotions to assess what you are passionate about at work, or let them guide you across hurdles like resistance, procrastination, or an inability to admit mistakes or ask for help. Raise your EQ and behave authentically, despite barriers that could prevent it.