Leadership Frame #1 – Emotional Intelligence (‘EQ’)

In an earlier post I signaled posting  on Leadership Frames – key techniques and skills for successful leaders – simple yet effective – this is the first of the series.

Leaders should understand the importance of EQ. It determines leadership success and top performers are high in EQ. Together with our innate intelligence (‘IQ’) and personality, it makes us who we are.

EQ is a flexible skill that can be learned. In other words, even if you are not born with it, high EQ is one of the leadership frames that can be developed. Many of the points in this post are highlighted in the excellent book  Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Bradberry & Greaves.

EQ, IQ and Personality: who we are

Our IQ (intellect or intelligence) is distinct from EQ.

Three distinct qualities we all possess – IQ and Personality which are fixed, and EQ which can be developed. (Graphic adapted from EQ 2.0)

IQ is not flexible and is fixed from birth. You do not get smarter by learning new facts or information. Intelligence is rather your ability to learn. It is the same at age15 or 50.
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