Advanced Insights into Emotional Intelligence refers to “How well we handle ourselves in relationships” according to Daniel Goleman, author of “Emotional Intelligence, Why it can matter more than IQ.” first published in September 1996.
There are five primary elements that make up emotional intelligence:
- Self Awareness: Knowing what we are feeling, and why we are feeling it.
- Self Management: Handling our distressing emotions in an effective way, and fostering positive emotions.
- Empathy: Knowing what someone else is feeling. You might call “Others -Awareness”
- Self-motivation: This has a lot to do with passion and a sense of purpose.
- Social skills: Putting all those things together in positive and constructive relationships
Many of us have come to the think that emotions are of little value in the business context. We think that to be fruitful and efficient we should base all our business plans and policies on cold logical reasoning.
But what if we were to see emotions in an unconventional way, i.e. as another category of “intellect” or “intelligence” surpassing reason and deduction?
There are many different definitions of Emotional and Social Intelligence, but this pretty much describes what it is all about in broad brush-strokes and the reason why business leaders need advanced insights into emotional intelligence.
How do you measure: Advanced Insights into Emotional Intelligence?
Peter Drucker, the father of modern management, famously stated: “What gets measured, gets improved”. So it would be pretty handy if we could measure Emotional Intelligence with the aim of finding ways to nurture and develop EI. (Sometimes referred to as EQ)
There are many tools for measuring emotional and social intelligence. Innermetrix was developed by Jay Niblick, author of “What’s Your Genius”.
The Innermetrix ADVanced Insights Profile holistically combines the best of three world-class profiling tools.
The Attribute Index embraces how you think and make judgments
The Values Index measures your motivational style and drivers
The DISC Index measures your preferred behavioral style
Together they answer the questions WHAT, WHY and HOW:
What natural talents do you have? Why are you motivated to use them? How do you prefer to use them?
Can emotional intelligence be developed?
Some commentators, including Goleman, propose that the way things are going in the world, suggests that the overall trend for emotional and social intelligence is a downward spiral, however, on an individual basis, there is a growing body of evidence implying that like any natural talent or habit, the mind can change and grow.
“Neuroplasticity”, is used to describe the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. This incredible capacity of the individual’s brain holds the keys to nurturing and developing emotional and social intelligence.
A higher level of emotional intelligence is a worthwhile goal, promising to improve society and arrest declines perceived by Goleman. Investigations have shown that a high emotional intelligence bolsters career success, entrepreneurial flair, leadership capability, wellness, relationship strength, amusement, and joy. It is also the best remedy to work stress, and it matters no matter what your role. Most jobs entail dealing with people, and people with higher EI are more satisfying to deal with. Leaders need advanced insights into emotional intelligence so they know their strengths and can leverage their talents.
Is an emotionally intelligent team a myth or fact?
Emotionally Intelligent teams consistently deploy all of the five core competencies of emotional intelligence in a team or community. Individuals need to know how to ask the right questions of each other at the right time. Many use strengths-based questioning such as employed in “Appreciative Inquiry” to move conversations along intentionally.
- They have developed the habit of listening attentively.
- More than just listening, they take the person’s responses to their questions seriously, without making judgment calls, and they resist the temptation to suggest quick fixes.
- They give the person a sense of control. The experience of overwhelm increasingly erodes our sense of control, and peace of mind can be restored where empathy is practiced.
How can advanced insights into emotional intelligence accelerate business growth?
The definition of leadership has been evolving over time. Emphasis on emotional intelligence has emerged as a result of the relationship EI has with success in business as well as personal life. There is a strong correlation between motivation and overall well-being. In business, high-EI leaders are preferred as employers due to attractive team culture and higher prospects of improved outcomes for all stakeholders.
Is there a link between emotional intelligence and profit?
A study by TalentSmart indicates emotional intelligence is the most significant influencer of performance when compared with 33 essential workplace skills. They realized that emotional intelligence impacts 58% of success regardless of the type of work. So what is the relationship between emotional intelligence and success?
According to TalentSmart, 90% of high achievers are also high in emotional intelligence.
“Naturally, people with a high degree of emotional intelligence make more money—an average of $29,000 more per year than people with a low degree of emotional intelligence.” TalentSmart
Emotionally talented people focused on high payoff activities always have been, and always will be at the core of enterprises that consistently outperform their competition, exceeding growth and profitability targets.
If you would like to discover your unique talents and gain advanced insights into emotional intelligence that will help you nurture and develop those talents, call Christopher on +61 0421 713 140 or you can reach me on email by filling out the contact form below.