July 5, 2015

Emotional Intelligence – The Big Differentiator

Your emotional quotient – or EQ – has been proven to be a key predictor of success in your life and career. EQ is defined as “a set of emotional tools and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships,  cope with challenges, and use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way.” Simply put, it is the ability to recognize and manage one’s own and other people’s emotions in order to create and maintain healthy social relationships. Check out this short video to get a high level overview of EI.

The reason EQ is considered to be the “Big Differentiator” is because good relationships – the underlying outcome of high EQ – are integral in our world of work today. Studies are showing that high EQ is a characteristic associated with success and good leadership. We probably all know someone who is brilliant in a certain field or has a unique talent and yet doesn’t appear to be able to succeed because they just can’t connect well with people, in particularly the people who might be able to support their career and life progress. Being self-aware, being empathic, and having the ability regulate one’s emotions are key elements of EQ and of building and sustaining relationships.

One’s EQ, unlike IQ, is mutable – meaning that it can be improved, just as other personal skills can be improved through learning and focused attention. There are many tools for measuring emotional intelligence; the Bar-On  EQ-i is considered to be one of the top instruments in the world. Widely validated over many years of study and research, the EQ-i can be relied upon to produce valuable insight into one’s current state of EI.

Used in conjunction with coaching, the EQ-i can aid in creating real change in one’s self-awareness, emotional self management, and all the areas that are important for healthy emotional intelligence. Used in conjunction with equine facilitated coaching the EQ-i is powerful. Coaching with horses leverages EQ factors by creating great opportunities for self knowledge and insight.

The Bar-On assessment can be done in the standard report format, the leadership view, and for teams. Ask me about incorporating this into your coaching plan. You won’t regret it.