What is Emotional Intelligence (EI)?
“Emotional Intelligence pertains to the emotional, personal, and social dimensions of intelligence. EI comprises abilities related to understanding oneself and others, relating to people, adapting to changing environmental demands, and managing emotions.”
—Dr. Reuven BarOn, Pioneer researcher of Emotional Intelligence
The Genesis of EI
“When EI was first discovered, it served as the missing link in the peculiar finding: people with the highest levels of intelligence (IQ) outperform those with average IQs just 20% of the time, while people with average IQs outperform those with high IQs 70% of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into what many people have always assumed was the source of success – IQ. Scientist realized there must be another variable that explained success above and beyond one’s IQ, and years of research and countless studies pointed to emotional intelligence as the critical factor.”
—Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves from Emotional Intelligence 2.0, 2009
Why People Want to Develop their EI
- They want to increase their effectiveness at work;
- They want to increase their effectiveness as a person in the world;
- They want to help to develop the EI of others.