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What is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional Intelligence isn’t quite as quantifiable as its pal Intelligence Quotient (IQ). Therein lies the first problem – it can’t be supported with data in quite the same way as IQ. As a result of school onwards and into our workplaces, IQ has traditionally been easier to measure and therefore carried more weight. EQ can be thought of as an individual’s abilities to be: Self-Aware: encompassing our own knowledge of ourselves, and being able to both recognize and understand ourselves, our behaviors, and our emotions. Self-Manage and Self-Regulate: encompassing our ability to be in control of our emotions, and therefore our responses. Self-Motivated: encompassing our internal resources to be driven, perform, act, and reach towards goals. Empathic: encompassing our ability to understand and ‘feel for’ others, understand their emotion, and therefore relate to them more effectively. Relational: encompassing our ability to build and maintain relationships, network, lead, manage conflict and work with others. Why Does Emotional Intelligence Matter? EQ isn’t the enemy of IQ. It’s possible to have high levels of both. However, life is an inherently sociable construct. Without the ability to function well within this relational environment, it’s doubtful how far intelligence alone will get you. As Theodore Roosevelt said: “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” EQ is, in many ways, the essence of being human. Emotional Intelligence, and our ability to draw on it as a reserve helps us in so many ways: from assisting in looking after our physical and mental health and well-being, through to our ability to inspire and lead. It’s there in our ability to manage effective relationships and our armor and shield when it comes to conflict resolution. It is, in so many ways, the driver of success.

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Jila Naeini (PhD in TEFL) Assistant Professor ELT DEPARTMENT, AKIAU

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