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Emotional Intelligence vs EQ

When we describe someone as Emotionally Intelligent  – or not – we have a pretty good idea what it means, right? But while Emotional Intelligence has become widely accepted as a “good thing”, there’s no valid way of measuring it. In other words, while there’s such a thing as IQ, it’s less clear that there’s such as thing as EQ.

While the overarching concept measurement of EQ may be controversial, I can’t think of a strong argument against developing the broad dimensions of Emotional Intelligence: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management.

Emotional Intelligence - Goleman (HBR)

In other words, they become problematic when we try to put a tidy wrapper around them and turn them into a report.

I’d suggest that the proof of the pudding, when it comes to Emotional Intelligence, is in the eating. We don’t have to measure everything!, at least when it comes to development. When it comes to selection – always be careful about the data you use to predict someone’s performance on the job.

Developing Emotional Intelligence with the Apter Toolkit

Although none of the tools in the Apter Toolkit try to measure EQ, I’d propose that they are as well placed as any for developing Emotional Intelligence because of the bridge that they build between motivation and emotion.

By helping you understanding your motivations and emotions, you can:

  • Become more self aware and know yourself better
  • Becoming more adaptable, and learning to manage your motivations, emotions and behaviour
  • Better understand your social world, reading motivations and emotional reactions of others, and becoming more aware of the psychological environment (climate).
  • Then, you will be better placed manage your relationships, to coach, manage or influence.

If you’d like to know more about the Apter Toolkit, we are running regular webinars to introduce the concepts and certification routes, or simply sign up for updates below.


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