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Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

Developing Your Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence (EQ), a concept based on the same idea of Intellectual Intelligence (IQ), has risen to the fore as people have realised that it’s not enough to have the intellectual smarts to be a good citizen, parent, employee or leader. Emotional intelligence (EQ) is more important than IQ in many situations. The reason Emotional Intelligence is so important is that, at our very core, we are emotional human beings.

We didn’t used to have emotions ?

For many years, in Western societies and organisations in particular, even having emotions — let alone acknowledging them — was frowned upon. People, especially men, were required to maintain the ‘stiff upper lip’. Today, we realise that, far from being useful, burying emotions eventually leads to illness and disease.

EQ is proving more important than IQ

Studies of successful people, including the world’s best leaders have shown that they rely more on their Emotional Intelligence (EQ) than their Intellectual Intelligence (IQ). Being in touch with your heart based emotions can help you be more compassionate. You can use emotional information to guide your creative thinking, decision making and behaviour. In recognising the value of emotions you’re better able to manage your mood, especially in stressful or difficult circumstances. Together, Emotional Intelligence and Soft Skills integrate into People Skills.

These articles will give you a deeper insight into how and why Emotional Intelligence is so crucial.