When thinking of Emotional Intelligence (EI) we think of the three top observers: Daniel Jay Goleman, who is an author, psychologist, and science journalist. For twelve years, he wrote for The New York Times, specializing in psychology and brain sciences. The other is John D. Mayer whom is a psychologist at the University of New Hampshire. He is a personality psychologist. He co-developed a popular model of emotional intelligence with Dr. Peter Salovey. And Richard Boyatzis who is a professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University, and an expert in the field of emotional intelligence. These three along with others have bridged the gap between IQ and EI. Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to perceive, control, and evaluate emotions. Some researchers suggest that emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened, while others claim it is an inborn characteristic. A number of testing instruments have been developed to measure emotional intelligence, although the content and approach of each test varies. Emotional intelligence is critical to managing your behavior, moving smoothly through social situations, and making critical choices in life. There are four emotional intelligence skills and they group under two primary competencies: personal competence and social competence. •
Self-Awareness is how accurately you can identify your emotions in the moment and understand your tendencies across time and situation. •
Self-Management is how you use awareness of your emotions to create the behavior that you want. •
Social Awareness is how well you read the emotions of other people. •
Relationship Management is how you use the first three emotional intelligence skills to manage your interactions with other people. Emotional Intelligence measures a core set of social and emotional abilities. How well we develop and use these abilities greatly affects how well we live our lives. Emotionally intelligent people communicate effectively, form strong relationships and create powerful coping strategies; emotionally unintelligent people don’t, no matter how high their IQs. Emotional Intelligence can be measured more reliably and less controversially than IQ and, unlike IQ, it can be substantially strengthened and developed. Humans have at least two types of intelligence, intellectual and emotional which triggers different parts of the brain, but please make no mistake Emotional Intelligence, Intelligence, and Personality are not connected. Emotional intelligence explains a fundamental element of your behavior that is unique from your intellect. You cannot determine someone's IQ based on their EQ and vice versa. Intelligence is how quickly you absorb new information and it does not change throughout your life. Emotional intelligence is unique because it is a flexible skill that you can improve with practice. Anyone can develop a high degree of emotional intelligence. Like IQ, your personality does not change. Personality is the style with which you approach the world: what motivates you and the people and situations that give you energy (versus those that drain it). One example of this is the tendency we all have to be introverted or extroverted. Emotional intelligence has a massive impact upon personal and professional success. Emotional intelligence (EI) matters just as much as intellectual ability (IQ). Emotional intelligence helps you build stronger relationships, succeed at work, and achieve your career and personal goals. So speaking in those terms when it comes to management, I took two EI test which measures 16 emotional competencies covering the ability to accurately perceive emotions in oneself and others, use emotions to facilitate thinking, understand emotional meanings, and manage emotions .and according to both I scored as having above average EI meaning I’m pretty much in tune with things going on around me...
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