September 12, 2011
T. Lee Burnham
Cognitive intelligence and emotional intelligence have both been widely examined in regard to their effects on individual workplace performance. The critical comparison of the two concepts will be the basis of this essay. Emotional intelligence is important in measuring success in more ways than one. Emotional intelligence has a great deal of importance on one’s work ethic and values. This paper will examine the importance of emotional intelligence in all aspects in life and the difference between traditional cognitive intelligence and emotional intelligence. Finally, the analysis of the use of emotional intelligence concepts in work life, home life, and personal life will be addressed. The differences between traditional cognitive intelligence and emotional intelligence Traditional cognitive intelligence is where one uses their intellectual skills. These skills include not only logic, reading, and writing, but also analyzing and prioritizing. However, cognitive intelligence abilities do not include any skills that you use to perform duties or tasks on your own. “Emotional intelligence is defined as a set of competencies demonstrating the ability one has to recognize his or her behaviors, moods, and impulses, and to manage them best according to the situation” (Goleman,1995, p.44). Emotional intelligence is considered to involve emotional empathy, as well as attention to and the ability to recognize one’s emotions accurately. It also enables to you to recognize others moods and manage your mood or your emotional response appropriately and adaptively (Goleman, 1995). Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, understand, and manage emotions. Emotional intelligence is composed of five dimensions. The first is self awareness or the ability to know how to detect what you are feeling. The second is self-management or the...