Most of us are aware of the idea of IQ - the score associated with a person's intelligence. However, in the past several years, a new field of study has emerged related to another measurement known as EQ - Emotional Intelligence. One of the fundamental beliefs about a person’s IQ is that it is static, or fixed. In contrast, one of the exciting components of EQ is the fundamental belief that it can be grown and developed.
Today I want to launch a series of messages outlining just what EQ is, and how we can work to grow and strengthen it in our lives. For this first installment, I simply want to share the four components that make up Emotional Intelligence, and then we will take a closer look at each one over the next several weeks.
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is comprised of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Management. Each of these layers build on one another, so the beginning point for growth is increasing our awareness of our own emotions (Self-Awareness), then learning how to manage those emotions (Self-Management). From there we become more aware of emotion in others (Social Awareness) and learn how to manage emotion within those relationships (Relationship/Social Management).
Here is a simple chart to illustrate:
Some initial thoughts to ponder: Is this a new idea, and if so, what does it bring up? Is there someone you think might have a high EQ - they seem emotionally intelligent? What qualities and characteristics do they possess that lead you to think that about them? Where do you think your EQ might be? What would it take for it to grow in your life, and what impact might that make?
One of the things I love about studying EQ is that no matter where an individual may be, growth is possible! As a certified Emotional Intelligence Coach, I'd love to chat with you about that journey of growth. Feel free to reach out for a free 30-minute consultation if you're interested!