Emotional Intelligence & effective leadership

Loss of emotional intelligence

Putting it differently…

This is a beautiful little 5-minute video, which has won numerous awards
around the globe. It won the Best Short Film at Cannes Film Festival 2008.


EI or Emotional Intelligence: Let your mind cognise itself by turning itself back on itself. Become consciously conscious. All you have to do is to watch your mind think. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001)

Please Note: Within Emotional Intelligence this is also known as Intra-personal Intelligence (as opposed to Inter-personal intelligence or skill). It is a correlative capability to form an accurate, veridical model of oneself and to optimally use that model to operate effectively in life for the benefit of others.

In my case the EQ Test Result of 15 July 2004: Your Strongest Emotional Category is:
Pressure Performance
Recognising your emotional strengths is equally important. For example, strong assertiveness can be positive, assuming you are not domineering in conversations and relationships. Strong empathy can be beneficial, as long as you don’t put the interests of others before your own well-being. Moderation is the key to successfully handling your emotions.

emotional intelligence theory (EQ – Emotional Quotient)

Emotional Intelligence – EQ – is a relatively recent behavioural model, rising to prominence with Daniel Goleman’s 1995 Book called ‘Emotional Intelligence’. The early Emotional Intelligence theory was originally developed during the 1970s and 80s by the work and writings of psychologists Howard Gardner (Harvard), Peter Salovey (Yale) and John ‘Jack’ Mayer (New Hampshire). Emotional Intelligence is increasingly relevant to organizational development and developing people, because the EQ principles provide a new way to understand and assess people’s behaviours, management styles, attitudes, interpersonal skills, and potential. Emotional Intelligence is an important consideration in human resources planning, job profiling, recruitment interviewing and selection, management development, customer relations and customer service, and more.

Emotional Intelligence links strongly with concepts of love and spirituality: bringing compassion and humanity to work, and also to ‘Multiple Intelligence’ theory which illustrates and measures the range of capabilities people possess, and the fact that everybody has a value.

emotional intelligence – two aspects

This is the essential premise of EQ: to be successful requires the effective awareness, control and management of one’s own emotions, and those of other people. EQ embraces two aspects of intelligence:

  • Understanding yourself, your goals, intentions, responses, behaviour and all.
  • Understanding others, and their feelings.

People with strong EQ have less emotional ‘baggage’, and conversely people with low EQ tend to have personal unresolved issues which either act as triggers.

Empathy and active interpretive modes of listening are also very relevant to EQ.

That is, as a rule, the higher a person’s EQ, the less insecurity is likely to be present, and the more openness will be tolerated.

High EQ = low insecurity = more openness.

A person’s preparedness to expose their feelings, vulnerabilities, thoughts, etc., is a feature of EQ. Again the converse applies. Johari illustrates this very well (see the Johari Window diagram pdf also).

There is a strong thread of EQ running through Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits.

In fact, most theories involving communications and behaviour become more powerful and meaningful when related to Emotional Intelligence, for example:


Buying Facilitation®

Benziger Thinking Styles and Assessment Model

McGregor XY Theory

In today’s World of effective leadership EQ is valued over and above IQ

‘Emotional Intelligence: what is it and why it matters’

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