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: TalentSmart.com

      2 Responses to “What is Emotional Intelligence?”

      1. Moses John says:

        Dear Kevin,

        God bless you thanks for your email. it is wonderful.inspiring and exciting me to new life.

        thank you so much.


      2. Dave Jones says:

        I’m not much on commenting, but your essays are simple, yet informative and simulating (thought generating). Alas, I find today that few are literate, yet simple and to the point in expression. I retired from health field research, then was catch up in Christian pastoring (a necessary thorn in an otherwise serene lifestyle – a ‘passion’ if you will).
        Perhaps 20 years ago I became hooked on the area of “emotional intelligence” as espoused by Daniel Goleman. His book “Vital Lies, Simple Truths” radically changed my world view – for the better. But I must admit it took two years of constantly referring back to his book to be convinced.
        Your essays on “passion” and “anger” were exceptional in their simplicity of widening the scope of viewing their role.
        It wasn’t a ‘it’s this or that’ attitude, but rather it’s ‘this and that, and that…and more’.
        Your presentation on “Anger” had a touch of an excellent book by Albert Ellis in the early 80’s, “Anger: How to Live with and Without It.”
        Keep up the good work and a Happy New Year 2011.

        Dave Jones

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