Archive for December 22nd, 2010

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Most of us are familiar with measuring intelligence according to the well-known I.Q. rating of cognitive intelligence. In 1983, Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University proposed that this number is a partial measure at best. He proposed eight distinct types of intelligence: linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and nature intelligence. We can be intelligent in important ways beyond what I.Q. measures.

Intelligence extends well beyond the blackboard

Intelligence extends well beyond the blackboard

Since that time, the field of multiple intelligences has really taken off. In fact, researchers Travis Bradberry and Jeane Greaves have found that one set of four skills called Emotional Intelligence is the number one predictor of success in life–both professionally and personally.

What are the Four Emotional Intelligence Skills cited by Bradberry and Greaves?

1. Self awareness: the ability to accurately understand your emotions and tendencies.

2. Self-management: the ability to use your emotional awareness to be flexible and direct your behavior positively.

3. Social awareness: the ability to pick up on the feelings of others and understand what is going on with them.

4. Relationship management: the ability to use your awareness of your own feelings and the feelings of others to manage interpersonal interactions well.

Fortunately, unlike I.Q., which appears to be innate and unchanging, Emotional Intelligence is something you can learn and get better at.

In the next post, we’ll explore why these four skills often elude us.

Until next time,
Stay tuned to how you feel,

P.S. If you’d like to measure your Emotional Intelligence, Bradberry and Greaves offer an Emotional Intelligence Appraisal on their website:

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