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EQ: What's In It For You?


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Date: July 1 2005

 

"It is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence, it is not the triumph of heart over head - it is the unique intersection of both" David Caruso.

Factoids and other food for thought regarding EQ
- One's Intelligence Quotient or IQ is largely genetically predetermined, whereas EQ can be developed and raised to higher levels throughout life - it is a learned competence.

-IQ takes 2nd position to EQ in determining outstanding job performance.
-EQ means managing feelings so they are expressed appropriately and effectively, enabling people to work together smoothly toward common goals.
-People feel the need for connection, for empathy, for open communication.  EQ helps people to do this.
-EQ helps workers adapt to the significant changes we have seen in the workplace.
-Employees are working on teams more than ever and EQ helps facilitate effective teamwork.

Employers want employees with:
        * Listening and verbal communication skills
        * Adaptability and creativity in responding to setbacks and obstacles
        * Self management and self confidence
        * Internal motivation to work toward goals
        * Group and interpersonal effectiveness
        * Negotiation skills
        * Leadership potential

EQ is clearly a valuable competency in the workplace.

Want to check out your own EQ rating?  You will find quizzes at the following websites. 
<http://ei.haygroup.com/resources/default_ieitest.htm>
<http://quiz.ivillage.com/health/tests/eqtest2.htm?arrivalSA=1&cobrandRef=0&arrival_freqCap=1&pba=adid=13632501>

Keep in mind these may not be scientifically valid, but are starting points to assessing your own EQ.  There are instruments such as the

Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) and The BarOn EQ-i:S(tm), which have been developed by experts in the field according to psychologically valid standards.  Trained and certified personnel administer these.  For more information check out: <http://www.emotionaliq.com/>

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