Emotional intelligence (EI), emotional leadership (EL), emotional quotient (EQ) and emotional intelligence quotient (EIQ), is the capability of individuals to recognize their own emotions and those of others, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or achieve one’s goal(s).
Why does Shelanti Private School regard EQ as important as IQ?
EQ isn’t the enemy of IQ. It’s possible to have high levels of both. However, as humans, we are social beings and life is an inherently sociable construct. Without the ability to function well within this relational environment, it’s doubtful how far intelligence alone will get you.
No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” EQ is, in many ways, the essence of being human.
- Theodore Roosevelt
Emotional Intelligence, and our ability to draw on it as a reserve helps us in looking after our physical and mental health and well-being, through to our ability to inspire and lead. It’s there in our ability to manage effective relationships and our armour and shield when it comes to conflict resolution. It is, in so many ways, the driver of success.
We will share conflict resolution on later articles.
EQ as a driver of success doesn’t just apply to our personal lives. It applies in the workplace also. People with average IQ’s outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time. Is EQ the reason? Whilst EQ and IQ aren’t enemies, it is possible to have high levels of both, is EQ a better indicator of success?
Shelanti Private School invests in our learners’ EQ by hosting weekly emotional intelligence classes called “Shine circle” as part of the curriculum.
Our in-house counselor, Celeste Terblanche presents these classes.
Below are 5 key elements of Emotional quotient. EQ
Celeste will share some of her lessons touching on these 5 elements in the upcoming articles. These lessons will contain some practical activities that you can do with your child at home.