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Emotional Intelligence in Leadership
Rehoboth Consulting, Inc., USA
Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a term created by two researchers – Peter Salavoy and John Mayer – and popularized by Daniel Goleman in his 1996 book of the same name. However, the ground-breaking research work for measuring and applying the various aspects of what we call Emotional Intelligence today was... read moredone by Dr. Reuven Bar-On. In 1985, he coined the term "EQ" (Emotional Quotient) to describe his approach to assessing emotional and social functioning. He later published the first psychometrically valid and reliable assessment of emotional intelligence - The Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i). Today, the revised version of this assessment, the EQ-i 2.0 is believed to be the best EI assessment tool available.
Emotional intelligence is the unique collection of emotional and social skills that we use to navigate the challenges of everyday life. In practical terms, EI means being aware that emotions can drive our behaviours and impact people (both positively and negatively). It also includes an understanding of how emotions drive behaviours, in addition to learning how to manage these emotions – both our own and those of others – especially when we are under pressure. Your Emotional Quotient (EQ) determines your ability to effectively lead yourself and to influence others. Your EQ is the single greatest contributor to your personal excellence and leadership. Multiple researches have demonstrated that an individual’s EQ is often a more precise predictor of success than their IQ.
In this series we will look at the source of emotions and how our thoughts can be one of the most powerful tools at our disposal. We will also highlight the importance of EI in personal effectiveness, teamwork, and leadership. In particular we will see how EI can improve well-being and help in reducing stress in our professional and personal lives.
The following Sample EQ assessments are relevant to many of the talks in this series: