Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Are you emotionally intelligent?

In order to answer this question first we need to define emotional inteligence.

Emotional intelligence (EI) is an ability and skill to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups.
 There are two main models of emotional inteligence:

- Ability EI model
- Mixed model of EI

Ability EI model

The ability-based model views emotions as useful sources of information that help one to make sense of and navigate the social environment. The model proposes that individuals vary in their ability to process information of an emotional nature and in their ability to relate emotional processing to a wider cognition. This ability is seen to manifest itself in certain adaptive behaviors. The model claims that EI includes four types of abilities:

  1. Perceiving emotions – the ability to detect and decipher emotions in faces, pictures, voices, and cultural artifacts—including the ability to identify one's own emotions. Perceiving emotions represents a basic aspect of emotional intelligence, as it makes all other processing of emotional information possible.
  2. Using emotions – the ability to harness emotions to facilitate various cognitive activities, such as thinking and problem solving. The emotionally intelligent person can capitalize fully upon his or her changing moods in order to best fit the task at hand.
  3. Understanding emotions – the ability to comprehend emotion language and to appreciate complicated relationships among emotions. For example, understanding emotions encompasses the ability to be sensitive to slight variations between emotions, and the ability to recognize and describe how emotions evolve over time.
  4. Managing emotions – the ability to regulate emotions in both ourselves and in others. Therefore, the emotionally intelligent person can harness emotions, even negative ones, and manage them to achieve intended goals.
Mixed model of EI

The mixed model focuses on EI as a wide array of competencies and skills that drive leadership performance. Mixed model outlines four main EI constructs:

  1. Self-awareness – the ability to read one's emotions and recognize their impact while using gut feelings to guide decisions.
  2. Self-management – involves controlling one's emotions and impulses and adapting to changing circumstances.
  3. Social awareness – the ability to sense, understand, and react to others' emotions while comprehending social networks.
  4. Relationship management – the ability to inspire, influence, and develop others while managing conflict.
Did you know?

  • Emotional Intelligence is a learnt skill.
  • Research shows that emotional competencies are controlled by a different part of the brain to technical and cognitive skills.
  • Emotional Intelligence has been proven to be twice as important as IQ for job performance.
  • The importance of emotional intelligence increases as one climbs the career ladder.
  • Teams with high emotional intelligence as well as skill are faster, more productive and more innovative.
  • EQ allows teams to think more clearly under pressure, are calmer and less stress as they spend less energy on internal emotional turmoil.
  • Leaders with high emotional intelligence have been rated the the best bosses that talented people want to work for.
  • Emotional intelligent work environments have less turnover, adapt to change quicker and are more innovative.
  • Emotional Intelligent organizations have less customer complaints and increased customer trust and loyalty.
So,are you emotionally intelligent?


Patres said...

I'm an emotional dumbass, thank you very much

kite1099 said...

I'm emotional as well :s

Musicofjustin said...

this is a really complex post. And my emotion the whole time I was reading this was, lost and confused wishing I could go to my happy place.

Dootzkie said...

You know I am a heartless calculated bastard ;)
So no emotions for me :D

baka1236 said...

i've been told i was emotionally intelligent

JPG said...

Nope. Can't do this.

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