Saturday, April 12, 2014

Why Your EQ Matters More Than Your IQ

for years I've researched, studied, and written about intelligence. There is no universally recognized definition for intelligence, nor is there a strong correlation between intelligence and success, yet we continue to be enamored with high intelligence quotients (IQs) and those who claim to have them.
 
Because the methodology for evaluating IQ is suspect and its practical implications don't necessarily translate in real life, scientists in their efforts to link intelligence to success are now convinced that emotional intelligence (EQ) is a greater indicator of one's likelihood or ability to achieve success (which of course is subjective to begin with.)
 
Regardless of what one's definition of success might be, it's a good assumption that the process of achieving that success will involve dealing with people. Since we constantly deal with people in life and in business, the ability to successfully work with and through people is a vital skill.
 
To that end, emotional intelligence becomes more significant than one's IQ because EQ, or one's EQ level, strongly correlates with their ability to successfully deal with people and the situations that they will inevitably create.
 
So what is emotional intelligence, and do you have it?
 
By definition, emotional intelligence is one's capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.
 
People with emotional intelligence are:

1. Self-aware
2. In control of their anger/anxiety
3. Optimistic
4. Empathetic
5. Socially adept
 
Learn more about emotional intelligence from Daniel Goleman below.