Enhancing Your Impact - Emotional Intelligence

July 17, 2018

Emotional Intelligence

Are you familiar with the terms EQ-i or EQ? Both terms relate to emotional intelligence. The terms were created by two researchers and popularized by a book in 1995. Simply put, emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize, understand and manage your emotions, as well as recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others.  

So why is EQ-i important? It's all about self-awareness and self-management. Research shows that people with a higher EQ-i find more success in their work and personal lives. These individuals who "pick up" on the emotions of others and use that awareness to better manage their interactions with others, resulting in more positive outcomes.

In his book "Emotional Intelligence - Why It Can Matter More Than IQ," Daniel Goleman, an American psychologist, developed a framework of five elements that define emotional intelligence.

5 areas of emotional intelligence graphic

There is no connection between IQ and EQ-i; you can't predict EQ-i based on how smart a person is. Intelligence is your ability to learn and, for the most part, stays constant, while emotional intelligence can be increased with practice.

For more information about emotional intelligence, visit this TED Talk from Daniel Goleman. Available for download is the EQ-i 2.0 model. You may also contact Alison Boelman for additional resources.