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EQ: What's In It For You?

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. 

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: <>

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