What’s your Emotional Intelligence Quotient?

Someone commented on my advice page, “Why is EQ on your list?”  I didn’t know what EQ was initially, but I suspected it was a reference to Emotional Intelligence, which if you reduce to just its initials, is EI.  Now, I’ve heard the term Intelligence Quotient (IQ) mentioned more than a few times, but this is not the same thing at all.  As it turns out, EQ stands for Emotional Quotient, which I guess you could say is your score on the emotional intelligence scale.  But to answer the questioner’s query, Emotional Intelligence is on my list because I think it’s worth talking about, and obviously, not enough people know enough about it — yet.

I’ve read some books though.  Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ  is an excellent introduction to the topic.  Goleman explains how our emotions and our intellect, operating both simultaneously, but independently of each other, can get us into trouble.  Mastering the aptitudes that comprise emotional intelligence (e.g., self-awareness, impulse control, empathy, etc.) can help us to live successfully — who wouldn’t want that?  Goleman describes how these aptitudes impact our lives, especially in terms of our relationships, our careers, and our health.  Just as your IQ can be increased through specific activities, your EQ can be raised by focused study and practice.

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2 responses to “What’s your Emotional Intelligence Quotient?

  1. Hello
    I’ve recently just started a new position with a company that helps people understand their own EI … and I really agree with you – “not enough people know enough about it — yet.”
    This is a MUST have for people in management, not to mention every parent!
    Thank you for writing about this –
    Melissa

  2. Goleman’s book devotes a chapter to “Managing with Heart,” in which he explains that the most important skill for people managers is delivering criticism to motivate improvement.

    Thanks for your comment and good luck with your new job!

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