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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

All about EQ (1)

EQ = Emotional Intelligence.
Just as IQ = Intelligence Quotient,

Just as we have Intelligence Quotient, we also have emotional intelligence.

It is not about how fast you can solve maths puzzles but it is about 3 things:

i) self understanding and other understanding.
ii) self handling and other handling.
iii) our ability to get along with others and build relationships.

You may think EQ is Not important:

"Nah, what's all this stuff got to do with my daily life?", or
"hmm.. I'm just the programming guy, my work doesn't deal with humans", or
".. but that's just a Concept for counsellors and psychologists to work around,
doesn't concern me!"

EQ was popularized by Daniel Goleman in 1995. He proposed that IQ is not the only factor for success. More importantly, it is the ability to get along, understand and deal with various people that will determine and contribute to success.

P. Salovey and J. Mayer defined Emotional intelligence as :
“the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among
them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and action.”

The Center for Creative Leadership described the importance of EQ in 1994 :
"75% of careers are derailed for reasons related to emotional competencies, including inability
to handle interpersonal problems; unsatisfactory team leadership during times of difficulty or
conflict; or inability to adapt to change or elicit trust.”

So do you still think that EQ is not Important?

Think again...

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