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Hey, Business Leaders: Forget Your IQ For A Minute. How Emotionally Intelligent Are You?

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I am not sure I ever heard the term Emotional Intelligence especially in reference to the managers that hired or inherited me. In my career, I have worked for so many people that were not inspired leaders. Most of my employment has been in IT or Tech companies and I have been fortunate to work with some very intelligent people. But some people should not have be leaders while some excelled at it.

This blog has inspired me to write a blog of my own about the types of managers I have worked for. I wonder how many of them would have survived in today’s world.

Two Moms And A Toddler

We’ve all heard of the IQ (Intelligence Quotient) test and IQ score. It’s usually determined by a series of assessments and standardized tests that measure human intelligence. Discovered in 1904 by Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon, it was originally designed to determine which children suffered from some sort of cognitive disability and what children were simply lazy. The test measured logical reasoning among other brain functions like identifying shapes and words that rhymed.

But, now there’s something more to consider in the workforce. Beyond IQ, we need to also consider EQ (Emotional Quotient) and how the two together can help to create success in the business. When our leadership teams utilizes both quotients together, they are able to take their teams to the next level. Today, I’m going to discuss the characteristics that distinguish a high EQ from a low EQ and what that looks like in the workplace.

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