EQ vs IQ?
Whilst it has been widely accepted that there was something beyond IQ and personality, EQ was first introduced as a concept by Reuven Bar-On in the 1980’s and emotional intelligence was defined in the 1990’s by Jack Mayer and Peter Salovey. Daniel Goleman popularised the term in his seminal work “Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ” in 1995 and it is becoming more and more accepted as a hugely significant factor in peoples ability to succeed.
A broad definition of emotional intelligence is ‘the ability to recognise, interpret and manage emotions – in yourself and others – to create better self-awareness and stronger, more meaningful relationships with others’.
Whilst genetics and upbringing has a clear impact on emotional intelligence, the great news for us all is that our levels can be improved and developed with coaching and practice.
The simplest way to enhance emotional intelligence is to understand the major factors that impact each skill and develop behaviours enable people to cope better with all the emotions that they experience – internal and external.
The original EQ model is made up of 5 key skills – self-awareness, self-management, motivation, empathy and social skill.
EQ-i 2.0® has taken the original model and evolved into a much actionable model and is based on 5 composites – self-perception, self-expression, interpersonal, decision making and stress management.
For the purposes of this website, we regard emotional intelligence (EI) as the subject and EQ as the measurement of it.