Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence 

Do you know that feeling when you learn a new word and then all of a sudden you see it everywhere? Or the feeling of hearing a name for the first time and then realizing there are several people near to you that have that name? That is a little bit how I am experiencing the topic of Emotional Intelligence right now.

I read a book on the subject many years ago and definitely thought it made sense. But, alas, the book is still in my bookshelf in the attic in our house in Stockholm. I live currently in Bangkok. In other words, not a book I deemed important to ship with us as we packed for Asia. Today, I cannot understand that decision. 

One of my themes for this term is neuroscience in coaching and leadership. As I learn more, it is a simple step from neuroscience in leadership to emotional intelligence. In fact, I have the feeling that having high emotional intelligence is the secret to strong and great leadership.

So, what is emotional intelligence? Are you emotionally intelligent? What does that mean for you? What are your emotional intelligence strengths and development points? How do you use emotional intelligence in your leadership? Interesting questions to be sure.

This past week I became certified in EQi 2.0 & EQ360 assessment and through the certification class had an opportunity to become much more versed in the details of emotional intelligence. After almost 3 years of developing myself through coaching, I was relieved to find out that my own emotional intelligence is relatively strong. There are, as always, dimensions to develop.

EQi 2.0 breaks down the general topic of emotional intelligence into five composites and 15 sub-composites that are a set of emotional and social skills. The five composites are: Self-Perception, Self-Expression, Interpersonal, Decision Making and Stress Management. Each of the composites are then made up of three sub-composites.

The model is drawn as a circle or a wheel to indicate its fluidity and interrelatedness. Self-Perception and Self-Expression are the intrapersonal dimensions and are about how you perceive yourself and how you express yourself. Understanding yourself leads to better interactions with others and subsequently to better decisions and better stress management. It is truly enlightening to understand ones own emotional intelligence in such a systematic way.

The results of the assessment can be used in follow-on coaching and personal development goals. What are your EQ strengths and development areas? Wouldn’t it be rewarding to find out?

EQi2.0 Model © copyright 2011 Multi-Health Systems Inc.


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