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IQ vs EQ - Emotional Intelligence

IQ is not the only important intelligence a person can have, emotional intelligence can be just as vital.

If you had to choose: Would you rather have a boss that knows more – or that cares more?

There are a plethora of definitions for emotional intelligence(also known as E.Q). One of the more comprehensive definitions states Emotional Intelligence is: is the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict.

I would also argue that emotional intelligence requires that you understand how your actions and emotions may influence others.

There are five characteristics of emotional intelligence (we will dive deeper into each one over the coming weeks) Self-awareness, Self-regulation, Motivation, Empathy, and Social skills.

There is a quote I have been thinking a lot about lately: “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together”. African Proverb

How we choose to relate with others, especially as leaders, will determine the strength of our success. As leaders, by definition, we can’t go alone – we must go with others. Afterall, what and who are leaders without those they lead?

Reflection Question: What can I do to deepen my understanding of Emotional Intelligence?

Topic Next Week: Emotional Intelligence- Self Awareness


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